Auto mechanics service and repair a wide variety of vehicles, including cars, light trucks, and buses. Training prepares them to complete any repair on any type of vehicle, but many choose to specialize.
Some auto technicians specialize in vehicle types, such as motorcycles, heavy equipment, or imports. Others choose to focus on a particular type of repair, such as transmission work or replacing braking systems. The career requires analytical thought processes and the desire to work with your hands.
Most auto mechanics seek out some type of training or certification to help them get started in their career. Colorado offers automotive technical training at campuses across the state, including the following:
Today's automobiles feature advanced technology and electronic systems, requiring auto mechanics with state-of-the-art skills. Colorado's auto mechanic programs teach students how to diagnose and repair these complex systems. Training includes:
Students may work to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Alternatively, they may pursue certificates for a variety of specialties. This includes:
The state of Colorado does not require a license for auto mechanics.
However, most top facilities only employ mechanics with ASE certification. To increase your marketability as a mechanic, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is highly recommended.
Those who service air conditioners may also need an EPA 608 Technician Certification to work with refrigerants.
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 Colorado. 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® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
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