Automotive mechanics, also called automotive technicians, repair a variety of vehicles and often specialize in working on a particular vehicle type, such as large equipment or motorcycles. Their work involves examining, diagnosing, and repairing malfunctioning vehicles. You may choose to focus on one or two types of repair work, such as heating and cooling or transmission systems.
People who are good at analytical thinking, pay attention to detail, and enjoy working with their hands may enjoy a career in this field. Those considering becoming auto mechanics in Alabama may find career opportunities in service centers, auto dealerships, garages, and more.
Those considering a career in this industry may consider attending a trade school or technical program, as well as seek out certification or licensing. Here is a sample of the many auto mechanic programs throughout Alabama:
While all programs may vary, students in a typical automotive technician program study the following basic principles of auto repair:
Typical beginner courses include Fundamentals of Automotive Technology and Electrical Fundamentals. Training includes diagnostics that aid in figuring out why the equipment isn't working properly, and then developing and executing a plan to repair it.
The state of Alabama does not require licensing for auto mechanics. However, you can make yourself more valuable to prospective employers with the right certifications.
Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification may boost your résumé and earning power, and some shops require it. In addition, the EPA requires certification in the proper handling of refrigerants for mechanics working with this substance.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Alabama. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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