Auto mechanics examine, diagnose, and repair a wide variety of vehicles, as well as a wide variety of mechanical issues. The ideal candidate for a career as an automotive technician enjoys working with his or her hands. He or she also applies logic to root out problems and discover the solution. Georgia auto mechanics might work in a wide variety of areas, including repair shops, auto dealerships, and garages.
Most professionals in the auto mechanic industry have some type of certification or received formal training. Students can find automotive technician programs in numerous technical colleges found throughout the state of Georgia.
Modern vehicles feature complex, advanced electronic and computer systems. Today's mechanic needs the skills and training to match. Automotive technology students study the eight principles of ASE certification:
Some students choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, while others pursue general certification or a specialized certification, such as:
The state of Georgia does not require auto mechanics to obtain a special license.
However, many of the top employers hire only mechanics with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. To increase your marketability and earning potential, 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 Georgia. 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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