In Tennessee, the number of vehicles on the roads continues to increase, which means auto mechanics are increasingly sought after to help customers maintain and repair their cars and small trucks. For auto mechanics, this means working with a variety of traditional systems, including engines, transmissions and drive belts. However, as technology evolves, electronic systems continue to take over from these traditional methods, which means auto mechanics also need to have the relevant skills to use these too.
To become a successful auto mechanic, it's typically recommended to complete a training program or certification. There are a number of schools in the Tennessee area that can provide you with the relevant education, including some of the following:
At an auto mechanic school in Tennessee, you can be given the chance to build on your skills. The programs may include training in:
Many of the programs involve classroom-based learning as well as hands-on experiences.
There are a number of different areas that you can specialize in in auto mechanics, including electronic systems and heating and air-conditioning. Most jobs may require you to have obtained a certificate in one of these specialist areas from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Once you have this, you can then choose to complete more certifications. And if you complete all of them, you'll be able to become an ASE Master Technician (a certificate for light vehicle diesel engines isn't required to do this).
In order to get any of these certificates, you will need to have 2 years' work experience, or have been educated in a relevant subject with a year's worth of work experience.
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 Tennessee. 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® 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