The goal of an automotive technology program is to prepare graduates for employment as automotive service technicians. Service techs work in auto repair and maintenance jobs at auto repair shops, car dealerships, corporate fleet-maintenance facilities, or other maintenance environments. Their responsibilities typically include the use of contemporary diagnostic equipment and tools to identify and repair problems with cars and light trucks. Techs must understand maintenance and safety procedures, and in some jobs, they are expected to perform customer service and administrative duties.
Students in Maine have several options when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. The following schools offer training programs in the field:
Comprehensive automotive technology degree programs include coursework and hands-on training in all aspects of modern vehicle maintenance and repair, including:
In addition to classroom-based lessons, students can expect to participate in hands-on training exercises either at a school workshop or actual auto repair facility. This gives future auto technicians the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the program and gain experience working on real automotive systems.
There is no licensing requirement for automotive technicians in Maine, however job candidates may need a certificate or degree to quality for certain positions.
Most auto tech programs are geared toward preparing students for the ASE Certification, an industry-standard credential administered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. To qualify for the ASE exam, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year of experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program. ASE accredits programs through its National Automotive Technician Education Foundation.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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.
2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov
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