Automotive technology programs help prepare students for careers in auto repair facilities, dealership service departments, or corporate maintenance facilities. Job responsibilities for service technicians typically include the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of cars and light trucks. In Michigan, these professionals must be certified by the state in order to perform automotive diagnostic and repair work. Fortunately, most automotive technology programs are designed to prepare students for the appropriate certification exams.
Students in Michigan have a number of options to choose from when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. The following is a list of schools that offer training programs in the field:
Generally speaking, automotive technology programs instruct students in the maintenance and repair of major automotive systems. Areas of focus typically include:
Along with classroom-based lessons, students should expect to participate in hands-on training exercises, which involve working on actual vehicles or automotive systems. Some schools even offer students the chance to take on internships at local auto body shops, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience while they finish their studies.
Employees of automotive service facilities in Michigan must be properly certified for the types of diagnostic and repair work they do. The state administers mechanic certification exams that, when successfully completed, allow service technicians to perform the covered types of work in the state.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence also administers certification for technicians. Known as ASE certifications, some of these credentials may stand in for Michigan state certifications, but not all ASE certifications are directly transferable. The conversion table linked to below outlines which ASE certifications are recognized by Michigan as comparable to their state-issued credentials.
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 Michigan. 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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