In most cases, automotive technology programs help prepare students for work as automotive technicians who maintain and repair cars and trucks. These programs typically include instruction in how to diagnose problems with vehicles and use the latest tools to fix those problems, as well as training covering all of a vehicle's basic systems. Automotive technicians often work in automotive repair facilities, but they may also maintain vehicle fleets in corporate or governmental settings.
Several schools in Minnesota offer formal training in the field of automotive technology. Here is a list of institutions with education options for prospective auto mechanics:
The goal of most automotive technology programs is to train students to diagnose, repair, and maintain all aspects of modern vehicular systems. Coursework typically covers the following areas:
In addition to classroom-based lessons, most programs contain a hands-on training component, giving students the opportunity to work on actual vehicles and automotive systems. These exercises may be completed at a school garage or even a local auto body shop. Some colleges also have internship programs with local service facilities, allowing students to gain valuable job experience while they finish their studies.
Auto mechanics do not need a license to work in Minnesota. However, some employers may prefer to hire candidates who possess a degree in the field or have passed a certification exam.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers a certification credential, known simply as ASE Certification, that testifies to a mechanic's experience and skills in the field. Candidates for ASE Certification must have two years of on-the-job experience or a combination of one year field experience and a two-year degree from an automotive technology program. Many of Minnesota's automotive technology programs are geared toward preparing students to qualify for and be successful at the ASE Certification exams.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Minnesota. 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.
2016 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
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