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Automotive service technicians and mechanics can take on a number of roles which involve repairing, maintaining and inspecting cars and small trucks. Even though this may include working with traditional mechanical systems, such as transmissions, drive belts and engines; electronic systems are also becoming a predominant part of the career too. And while there's no one path to becoming an auto mechanic, most professionals start out with some kind of training at a technical program or trade school.

North Carolina Auto Mechanic Schools

There are a number of schools in North Carolina that can provide you with the relevant education you need in order to pursue a career as an automotive mechanic, whether it's a certification or an associate degree. A few popular examples include:

  • Universal Technical Institute - This is a specialist technician training school for the transportation industry with a variety of programs on offer. These include marine technician training, motorcycle technician training, auto body training and auto technician training. You can even prepare for a career in NASCAR.

  • Pitt Community College - Established in 1961, Pitt Community College offers over 60 programs, awarding certificates, diplomas and degrees to its students. Annually, they serve over 23,000 non-credit and credit students.

  • McDowell Technical Community College - Located in Marion, North Carolina, this college was founded in 1964 and is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. They provide education and development in a number of areas.

  • Forsyth Technical Community College - As one of North Carolina's larger community college, they've serve over 35,000 students and provide vocational training and instruction in a number of trades, as well as continuing education, corporate training and two-year degree programs.

  • Fayetteville Technical Community College - Providing over 200 programs that award associate diplomas, certificates or degrees, FTCC also enable students to earn their education from home, with many of their courses being available online.

  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute - CCC&TI opened their doors in 1964 and have expanded to provide nearly 100 programs that have been designed to fit in with your lifestyle with online courses and day and evening courses on offer.

What to Expect from North Carolina Auto Mechanic Programs

When you prepare for your career at an auto mechanic school in North Carolina, you can expect to learn a wide variety of hands-on skills. Your training should cover a range of things, including:

  • Identifying any problems
  • Testing systems and parts
  • Assembling and dissecting transaxles, transmissions and engines
  • Performing basic maintenance and care
  • Replacing worn parts
  • Perform repairs to various standards
  • Communicating effectively with your customers

Your time at the school may also alternate between being full-time in the classroom to working full-time in a service shop.

North Carolina Auto Mechanic License

All auto mechanics working in North Carolina generally require a certificate from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This is available in a number of different specialist areas, including suspension and steering, manual drive train and axles, heating and air-conditioning, engine repair, engine performance, electronic systems, light vehicle diesel engines, brakes and automatic transmission.

In order to achieve this certification, you'll need to pass an exam and have at least 2 years of experience (or a year of experience alongside relevant schooling). Those who are able to achieve a certificate in all of the above areas (a certification in light vehicle diesel engines isn't required) may also be able to earn the status of an ASE Master Technician.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in North Carolina

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More North Carolina Auto Mechanic Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Raleigh
Associates
21,747
Charlotte
Associates
19,487
Fayetteville
Associates
11,380
Jamestown
Associates
11,059
Wilmington
Associates
8,692
Winterville
Associates
8,279
Winston-Salem
Associates
7,890
Asheville
Associates
7,226
Dallas
Associates
5,633
Salisbury
Associates
5,338
Durham
Associates
5,174
Sanford
Associates
5,137
Hickory
Associates
4,703
Graham
Associates
4,336
Jacksonville
Associates
3,984
Thomasville
Associates
3,819
Pinehurst
Associates
3,782
Goldsboro
Associates
3,402
Dobson
Associates
3,379
Hudson
Associates
3,369
Henderson
Associates
3,200
Rocky Mount
Associates
3,050
New Bern
Associates
2,883
Polkton
Associates
2,751
Asheboro
Associates
2,696
Kinston
Associates
2,674
Wilkesboro
Associates
2,609
Sylva
Associates
2,467
Tarboro
Associates
2,228
Flat Rock
Associates
2,197
Wilson
Associates
1,851
Clyde
Associates
1,794
Washington
Associates
1,522
Mooresville
N/A
1,307
Weldon
Associates
1,136
Murphy
Associates
1,126
Marion
Associates
1,120
Williamston
Associates
846

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Carolina. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

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

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Asheville1020 $39,130
Jacksonville480 $38,780
Burlington370 $39,090
Durham-Chapel Hill1060 $44,430
Fayetteville840 $33,480
Goldsboro270 $29,000
Greensboro-High Point1950 $37,270
Greenville300 $36,530
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton870 $40,580
New Bern200 $36,030
Raleigh2680 $44,300
Rocky Mount250 $37,510
Wilmington640 $40,210
Winston-Salem1390 $39,580

Sources:

  1. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service -- and-metechnicianschanics.htm, accessed September 9, 2016
  2. National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Improving Programs Through Accreditation, http://www.natef.org/NATEF-and-You/Students-Parents/Find-Accredited-Schools.aspx, accessed September 9, 2016
  3. O*NET OnLine Summary Report for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3023.00, accessed September 9, 2016

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