A career as an auto mechanic or auto technician, requires diagnosing and repairing mechanical problems on any type of vehicle, including cars, trucks, and vans. The ideal auto mechanic enjoys working with his or her hands and applying logic and analytical skills to solve problems. Some mechanics choose to specialize, focusing on working with a certain vehicle type or particular kind of repair.
Like most skilled trades, auto mechanics may consider getting formal training or certification in order to prepare for this career. Connecticut offers numerous automotive study programs throughout the state.
Modern automobiles have incredibly complex computer and electrical systems. This means that working on these systems requires up-to-date training on technology common in today's cars and trucks. Connecticut's Automotive Technician programs teach students all about:
Some students choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, while others pursue certification. They may also choose a specialized certification, such as:
The state of Connecticut does not require a license for auto mechanics. However, to increase your marketability as a mechanic, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is highly recommended. ASE certification may also help boost your income levels. Auto mechanics who service air conditioners may 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 Connecticut. 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
|Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford||2570||$47,990|