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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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 Florida. 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.
2016 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
Annual Median Salary
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers||1500||$41,840|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin||780||$35,990|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach||1230||$37,560|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach||13250||$38,320|
|Port St. Lucie||810||$38,410|