Automotive mechanics and technicians examine, diagnose, and repair a wide variety of mechanical issues in cars, trucks, vans, and more. After training, you may decide to specialize in a particular type of vehicle, or even in a particular type of repair.
A career as an Auto Mechanic requires the ability to use logic to diagnose and solve problems. In addition, the ideal candidate for a career as a mechanic enjoys working with his or her hands.
There are many paths to becoming an automotive mechanic or technician, but most workers get some type of formal training. Arkansas offers students numerous auto programs across the state.
Evolving technology has made modern vehicles much more complex, requiring service technicians with the skills and training to diagnose and work on these machines. Training in these programs includes:
Common courses include Manual Drive Train and Axles, Technical Mathematics, and Automotive Climate Control. Students develop the ability to recognize problems as well as design a plan to solve the issue.
There is no licensing requirement for auto mechanics in the state of Arkansas. However, most employers look for mechanics certified in ASE. If you work with heating and cooling systems, you may also require EPA 608 Technician Certification.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
North Little Rock
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arkansas. 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
|Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway||1760||$38,470|