Automotive technology programs in Mississippi help prepare students to work as automotive technicians or service technicians in auto maintenance facilities. The primary responsibilities of auto techs typically include the inspection, diagnosis, repair, adjustment, and maintenance of all major mechanical, electrical, and safety systems of cars and light trucks. These professionals may work in commercial auto maintenance and repair shops, or for private companies or governmental organization to maintain the organization's vehicle fleet.
Students in Mississippi interested in pursuing a formal education in automotive technology have several options to choose from. Here is a list of schools that offer training programs in the field:
In general, automotive technology programs train students to diagnose, repair, and maintain all aspects of modern vehicular systems, including:
In addition to classroom-based lessons, most programs include a hands-on training component, giving students the chance to apply what they've learned by working on actual automobiles. These exercises may take place at the school itself, or at a local auto repair facility.
To work as an auto mechanic in Mississippi, technicians are not required to hold a license. However, a certificate or degree from an accredited auto technician training program can help signify to employers the technician's training and readiness to work in an automotive maintenance facility.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers a certification credential, the ASE Certification, that serves as a high-level credential for automotive technicians. To take ASE exams and earn ASE Certification, candidates need 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.
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 Mississippi. 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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