The number of vehicles in use in South Dakota continues to rise, which means there will be a greater need for auto mechanics in the area. They'll be needed to inspect, repair and maintain cars, performing oil checks, brake maintenance and so on. It'll be required for those in these types of roles to work with traditional systems. But as electronic systems start to replace these, it's important that auto mechanics are able to work with these too.
Auto mechanics based in South Dakota may need to have undergone specialized training and education in order to be considered for the role. In South Dakota, there are several different schools offering programs that are suited to those pursuing a career in this industry. These are:
These auto mechanic schools in South Dakota can provide you with the career assistance you need. You may be trained in how to:
Students may also be given the opportunity to go on and study for an associate's degree.
There are general certifications that may be required for you to become a qualified auto mechanic in South Dakota. Certificates are issued by the National Institute of Automatic Service Excellence, with given areas that you can specialize in. These include things like brakes, suspension and steering, and engine performance. In order to achieve one of these certificates, you'll need to have at least 2 years of work experience or a year's worth of this alongside relevant schooling.
Should you study each certificate that they offer, you may also become an ASE Master Technician. The certificate for light vehicle diesel engine isn't required in order to do this.
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 South Dakota. 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
Annual Median Salary