Generally speaking, automotive technology programs help prepare students for jobs as auto mechanics or service technicians. These programs typically cover the basics of auto repair, maintenance, and diagnosis. Students who successfully complete this training often go on to work in auto repair shops, dealership service departments, or corporate fleet maintenance divisions.
A number of schools in New Mexico have training programs for prospective auto mechanics. Here are seven institutions that offer certificates or degrees in automotive technology:
While enrolled in an automotive technology program, students can expect to learn how to maintain and repair all major automotive systems, including:
Other topics commonly covered in these programs include customer service skills and safety procedures and regulations. Most programs split instruction between classroom-based lessons and hands-on training exercises. The hands-on component may take place at a campus workshop or even a local auto repair facility,
There is no licensing requirements for auto techs in New Mexico, however some employers may require job candidates to hold a degree or certificate in automotive technology.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence accredits automotive technology programs through its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The Institute's ASE Certifications for auto techs are available to experienced professionals who pass ASE certification exams. To qualify to take ASE exams and attempt certification, 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 Mexico. 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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