New Jersey automotive technology programs help prepare students to work as service and repair technicians in auto repair shops, corporate fleet maintenance facilities, car dealerships, or other vehicle maintenance facilities. The responsibilities of auto technicians typically include the diagnosis of problems with cars and light trucks, the repair of those problems, and the completion of maintenance to prevent future problems. Auto technicians may also sometimes have to interact with customers or complete paperwork for the shop.
Students in New Jersey have a number of options to choose form when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. Here is a list of schools that offer training programs in the field:
The goal of most automotive technology programs is to educate students in the repair and maintenance of all major vehicular systems. Areas of focus typically include:
Along with classroom-based lessons, students can expect to participate in hands-on training exercises either at a campus workshop or off-site repair facility. Some schools even offer students the chance to intern at a local auto body shop, where they can gain valuable job experience while completing their studies.
New Jersey does not require that auto technicians be licensed. However, some employers may prefer to hire technicians who possess a formal degree or certification in automotive technology.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) grants accreditation to approved automotive technology programs via its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The Institute also offers ASE Certification to auto technicians who successfully complete an ASE certification exam. To qualify to take ASE exams, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience or a combination of one year on-the-job 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 New Jersey. 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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