Auto mechanics work on a variety of vehicles, using diagnostic tools to detect and examine vehicles brought in for repair. This career requires a person who pays attention to detail and enjoys finding practical, hands-on solutions to problems.
Master mechanics have the training and skill to repair the entire vehicle, though some choose to specialize on a particular part, such as the transmission.
It's a good idea to seek out professional training or certification to prepare for this career. The University of Hawaii offers a number of automotive technology programs at their various location on the different islands. Depending on where you live, you may consider one of the following:
Each of these degree programs offers students the same basic courses and skills training. These include the following competencies prescribed by NATEF and ASE for auto technician certification:
Students who complete the entire five-semester program should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary for a career as an automotive technician, including safety procedures and practical application of skills learned.
Once you take and pass the ASE Exam, you may apply for Hawaii Mechanic License. To apply, complete the application form, either online or in written form.
When submitting your application, include your application fee, a copy of your ASE Certificate, and your social security number.
The application includes seven Yes/No questions. Answering Yes to questions five, six, or seven does not preclude you from receiving a license. However, you must include required documents, including a signed statement detailing circumstances, copies of pertinent documents from the relevant agency, your résumé of employment since the action, and a Traffic Abstract if your driver's license was suspended or revoked.
For criminal convictions, you must also include related court documents, terms of your probation or parole, and a copy of your current criminal history from Hawaii and any other state in which you have a criminal history.
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Hawaii. 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® 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