Auto mechanics, also known as automotive technicians, have an analytical mind and enjoy working with their hands. They diagnose and repair any mechanical issues on any type of vehicle, including cars, light trucks, and vans.
In addition, some auto mechanics choose to specialize. They may opt to work on only a certain type of vehicle, such as large equipment, motorcycles, or import cars. Others choose to specialize in a particular type of repair. This might include transmission work, repairing and replacing brake systems, or servicing air conditioning and heating systems.
In Delaware, qualified mechanics may find work in repair shops, auto dealerships, garages, and more. It's a small state, but there is one school you may consider if you choose to opt for a formal education in this state:
With the incredibly complex and advanced computer and electrical systems found in modern automobiles, today's mechanics need to make sure they have top-notch skills and training.
Students study the eight principles of ASE certification:
Some students choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, while others pursue general certification. Still others choose to obtain specialized certification, such as:
Mechanics specializing in a particular repair often work in a service shop geared toward performing that service.
The state of Delaware does not require a license for auto mechanics.
However, many of the better auto shops hire only mechanics with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. To increase your marketability as an automotive technician, ASE certification is highly recommended. ASE certification may also help boost your income potential.
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 Delaware. 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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