The goal of most automotive technology programs is to train students for careers in automotive maintenance and repair. Graduates of these programs typically go on to work as auto mechanics and service technicians in settings such as commercial auto repair and maintenance facilities, maintenance departments of auto dealerships, or fleet maintenance departments of corporations or governmental entities. Their job responsibilities most often include the inspection of vehicles, diagnosis and identification of maintenance problems, adjustment of components, and general repair jobs. Auto techs may also be required to interact with customers or perform administrative tasks.
Students in Nebraska have several options to choose from when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. Here are four schools that offer training programs in the field:
Students in Nebraska automotive technology programs can expect to learn about the basic design of cars and light trucks, as well as the maintenance and repair of all major automotive systems. Areas of focus typically include:
Instruction in these programs is usually split between classroom-based lessons and hands-on training exercises. The hands-on component may take place at a campus workshop or an actual auto repair facility. Some schools even give students the opportunity to participate in internships at local auto body shops, allowing them to gain valuable job experience while completing their studies.
The state of Nebraska does not require that automotive technicians be licensed in order to work in the field. However, some employers may only consider job applicants who hold a relevant degree or certification in automotive technology.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) operates an accreditation program via its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, and schools that hold NATEF accreditation are recognized for having curricula that meet the Institute's standards. In addition, ASE also provides a certification, known as ASE Certification, for experienced professional auto techs. To be able to take ASE exams and qualify for the certification, candidates must have two years of on-the-job experience or a combination of one year field experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech 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 Nebraska. 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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