Graduates of automotive technology programs typically go on to work as service technicians, mechanics, or service advisors in auto repair and maintenance facilities, such as independent service shops, dealership service departments, or corporate fleet-maintenance facilities. Their job responsibilities most often include diagnosing and repairing vehicular problems and completing preventive maintenance. In some cases, service techs may also be expected to interact with customers and perform administrative functions.
Students in Massachusetts have several options when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. The following is a list of schools that offer training in the field:
Automotive technology programs typically provide classroom-based and hands-on instruction in the major systems of contemporary vehicles, including how to maintain and repair the following:
Some certificate programs may focus on one or more major areas of concentration, or even be geared toward a specific vehicle manufacturer. Schools sometimes offer internship opportunities at local auto shops, allowing students to gain valuable job experience while applying what they have learned in the program to real-life scenarios.
Automotive technicians in Massachusetts do not need a professional license to work in the state. However, some employers may prefer to hire candidates who hold a certificate or degree in the field.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers an industry-standard credential known as ASE Certification. In order 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 job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program. Programs accredited by ASE's National Automotive Technician Education Foundation typically aim to prepare students for the ASE certification exam.
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 Massachusetts. 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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