Auto mechanics work with their hands, use logic to solve problems, and enjoy paying attention to detail. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider a career as a mechanic.
Workers in this industry repair a wide variety of vehicles, and typically have the skills and knowledge to work on any part of an automobile. In addition, some mechanics specialize in a particular vehicle type, such as motorcycles or heavy equipment, while others focus on a particular type of repair work, such as transmission systems.
Those who want to become an auto mechanic may consider getting formal training to prepare for the job. There are three schools in Alaska offering education and training for a career as an auto mechanic.
Automotive technician students learn how to work on modern vehicles. They graduate with a working knowledge of:
Courses are accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The state of Alaska does not require licensing for auto mechanics. However, ASE certification helps boost your chances of finding a good position in this career, as most top garages and service centers only employ ASE-certified auto technicians.
The Automotive Technician programs listed above are designed not only to prepare you for a career as a mechanic, but also to take and pass the ASE certification tests.
To work with refrigerants, you may also need an EPA 608 Technician Certification.
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 Alaska. 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
Annual Median Salary