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The successful auto mechanic enjoys working with his or her hands, while using logical, analytical thinking to solve problems. This helps in diagnosing and repairing any mechanical issues encountered in their work.

Auto technicians may choose to work on a variety of vehicles, or they may choose to specialize on a certain vehicle type or make. Some mechanics also choose to specialize in a particular type of repair, such as transmission work or brake repair.

Florida Automotive Mechanic Schools

Although there are many paths to becoming an auto mechanic, most workers either earn certification or go through a formal training program to prepare for the job. Florida offers many automotive technology programs throughout the state.

  • Santa Fe College: At this school they offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Service Management Technology. The program is designed to raise the skill level beyond general automotive training programs.

  • Florida State College: In Jacksonville, this school offers AAS degrees in Automotive Service Management Technology, as well as Technical Certificates in Automotive Service Technician, and Workforce Certificates in Automotive Collision Repair or Medium and Heavy Duty Truck and Bus Technician.

  • Atlantic Technical College: Here they offer three programs: Advanced Automotive Technology - Toyota TTEN, Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing, and Automotive Service Technology. Instructors are ASE certified, and courses meet National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) guidelines.

  • Seminole State College: At this school there is an AAS degree in Automotive Technology, with the choice of one of three specialty tracks: Ford, General Motors, or Import. They also offer a vocational certificate for the Automotive Service Technology Program.

  • Broward College: This school has the Automotive Technology Program, where students may purse an AAS, and top students earn spots working at a real dealership while they study to earn their degree.

What to Expect from Florida Auto Mechanic Programs

With the incredibly complex and advanced computer and electrical systems in today's vehicles, mechanics need skills and training to match. Students in this program might study the following principles of ASE certification:

  • Automatic transmissions and transaxles
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Engine performance
  • Engine repair
  • Manual drive train and axles
  • Heating and air conditioning

Some students choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, while others pursue certification. They may also choose a specialized certification, such as:

  • Brakes
  • Electrical
  • Engine performance
  • Steering and suspension

Florida Auto Mechanic Certification and Licensing

The state of Florida does not require auto mechanics to carry a license. 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.

Auto mechanics who service air conditioners may need an EPA 608 Technician Certification to work with refrigerants.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Florida

  • For ASE practice tests, study guides, testing tips, and more, visit the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
  • To work with refrigerants, acquire EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.
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More Florida Auto Mechanic Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Miami
Bachelors
55,206
Fort Lauderdale
Bachelors
43,700
Lake Worth
Bachelors
30,520
Clearwater
Bachelors
30,028
Tampa
Associates
27,061
Jacksonville
Bachelors
24,078
Fort Pierce
Bachelors
18,244
Sanford
Bachelors
17,706
Cocoa
Bachelors
15,825
Gainesville
Bachelors
15,404
Daytona Beach
Bachelors
12,706
Bradenton
Bachelors
10,480
Ocala
Bachelors
7,375
Orlando
N/A
2,909
Coconut Creek
N/A
2,737
Avon Park
Bachelors
2,722
Orlando
N/A
2,489
Marianna
Bachelors
2,231
Hollywood
N/A
1,612
Miami Lakes
N/A
971
Davie
N/A
936
Tampa
N/A
924
Kissimmee
N/A
900
Sarasota
N/A
885
Tallahassee
N/A
877
Bradenton
N/A
829
Saint Petersburg
N/A
783
Clearwater
N/A
766
Fort Myers
N/A
736
Eustis
N/A
643
Winter Haven
N/A
642
Naples
N/A
619
Tampa
N/A
613
Miami
N/A
581
Milton
N/A
578
Miami
N/A
578
Pensacola
N/A
539
Saint Augustine
N/A
418
Panama City
N/A
413
Lakeland
N/A
407
Leisure City
N/A
345
West Palm Beach
Bachelors
345
Immokalee
N/A
324
Jacksonville
Associates
313
Inverness
N/A
288
Tampa
N/A
257
Chipley
N/A
241
New Port Richey
N/A
212
Port Charlotte
N/A
194
Fort Walton Beach
N/A
182
Live Oak
N/A
164
Starke
N/A
163
DeFuniak Springs
N/A
157
Miami
N/A
84
Hialeah
N/A
67

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

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

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Lakeland-Winter Haven1360 $39,390
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach13350 $41,750
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island650 $41,990
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton1750 $39,890
Ocala690 $40,690
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford5310 $36,780
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville1280 $36,210
Panama City580 $37,000
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent1010 $40,800
Port St. Lucie980 $40,470
Punta Gorda500 $39,480
Sebastian-Vero Beach270 $37,980
Sebring190 $33,300
Tallahassee810 $39,430
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater7140 $39,260
The Villages90 $40,790
Jacksonville4100 $38,100
Cape Coral-Fort Myers1450 $40,320
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin750 $33,640
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach1420 $38,450
Gainesville670 $39,210
Homosassa Springs320 $39,160

Sources:

  1. College Navigator, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=FL&p=47.0604+15.0803&l=91+92, accessed September 3, 2016
  2. Test Prep & Training, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, http://www.ase.com/Test-Prep-Training.aspx, accessed September 3, 2016
  3. Types of Section 608 Technician Certification, EPA US Environmental Protection Agency, https://www.epa.gov/section608/types-section-608-technician-certification, accessed September 3, 2016

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