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.

South Dakota Auto Mechanic Schools

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:

  • Lake Area Technical Institute - As South Dakota's first technical school, Lake Area Technical Institute was founded in 1965. It now boasts 28 programs and 12 online degrees, serving over 2,000 students.

  • Southeast Technical Institute - Established for over 45 years, Southeast Technical Institute offers certificates and diplomas alongside Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees. It is a member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Western Dakota Technical Institute - As the only technical institute that serves students in the western region of South Dakota, Western Dakota Technical Institute offer programs across a wide range of subjects, including transportation technologies and construction and manufacturing.

  • Mitchell Career and Technical Academy - Providing a number of opportunities for high school students, Mitchell Schools also offer a General Service Technician program.

What to Expect from South Dakota Auto Mechanic Programs

These auto mechanic schools in South Dakota can provide you with the career assistance you need. You may be trained in how to:

  • Perform repairs
  • Identify problems
  • Use electronic diagnostic systems
  • Test systems and parts
  • Perform maintenance and care
  • Replace worn parts
  • Dissect and assemble various parts, e.g. engines

Students may also be given the opportunity to go on and study for an associate's degree.

South Dakota Auto Mechanic License

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.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in South Dakota

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More South Dakota Auto Mechanic Schools

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

School Name
Highest Award
Sioux Falls
Rapid City

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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.

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.

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

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Rapid City350$36,830
Sioux Falls670$39,550


  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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