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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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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Cocoa
Associate
14,496
Fort Lauderdale
Associate
31,730
Ocala
Associate
6,210
Marianna
Bachelor
2,144
Daytona Beach
Bachelor
13,675
Jacksonville
Bachelor
24,939
Fort Pierce
Bachelor
14,932
Bradenton
Associate
9,869
Miami
Bachelor
54,094
Lake Worth
Associate
22,881
Pensacola
Associate
10,728
Winter Haven
Associate
7,757
Gainesville
Associate
14,824
Sanford
Associate
12,745
Avon Park
Associate
2,787

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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville 4000 $37,570
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 1500 $41,840
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin 780 $35,990
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach 1230 $37,560
Gainesville 600 $37,590
Homosassa Springs 310 $40,730
Lakeland-Winter Haven 1590 $36,450
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 13250 $38,320
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island 720 $42,970
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton 1760 $40,140
Ocala 820 $36,180
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 5230 $39,710
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 1320 $35,770
Panama City 620 $35,670
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 1070 $37,050
Port St. Lucie 810 $38,410
Punta Gorda 480 $38,730
Sebastian-Vero Beach 320 $36,920
Sebring 190 $38,400
Tallahassee 770 $39,620
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 6810 $40,760
The Villages 90 $39,640

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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