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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.

Tennessee Auto Mechanic Schools

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:

  • Lincoln Technical Institute - Founded in 1946, Lincoln Tech has various brands including Lincoln College of Technology. Here, they offer a variety of degrees for a number of industries, including welding, diesel auto, manufacturing and HVAC. These degrees are combined with hands-on training.

  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Split across a number of campuses, TCAT offer a variety of programs for students, including automotive technology and diesel powered equipment technology.

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College - Over 100 different programs are on offer at Southwest with these leading on to associate degrees, university transfers and technical certificates.

  • Chattanooga State Community College - As part of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Chattanooga State offer 7 certificate programs and 20 one-year diploma programs. These include automotive technology and collision repair technology.

What to Expect from Tennessee Auto Mechanic Programs

At an auto mechanic school in Tennessee, you can be given the chance to build on your skills. The programs may include training in:

  • Replacing worn parts
  • Testing systems and parts
  • Identifying problems
  • Performing repairs
  • Carrying out basic care and maintenance
  • Dissecting and assembling items
  • Communicating with your customers
  • Using electronic diagnostic equipment

Many of the programs involve classroom-based learning as well as hands-on experiences.

Tennessee Auto Mechanic License

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.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Tennessee

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More Tennessee 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
Chattanooga
Associates
8,628
Memphis
Associates
8,327
Blountville
Associates
6,124
Collegedale
Doctorate
2,959
Nashville
Associates
1,457
Knoxville
N/A
1,112
Nashville
N/A
1,089
Memphis
N/A
1,003
Memphis
Associates
770
Morristown
N/A
683
Hartsville
N/A
654
Dickson
N/A
559
Livingston
N/A
553
Elizabethton
N/A
478
Murfreesboro
N/A
432
Newbern
N/A
419
Athens
N/A
415
Jackson
N/A
410
Crossville
N/A
398
Hohenwald
N/A
344
Huntsville
N/A
338
Covington
N/A
326
McMinnville
N/A
306
Memphis
Associates
300
Harriman
N/A
286
Whiteville
N/A
271
Jacksboro
N/A
260
McKenzie
N/A
182

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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.

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® 22.1 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
Morristown190 $34,850
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin4450 $44,500
Knoxville1870 $37,090
Jackson450 $36,070
Johnson City390 $39,060
Cleveland250 $37,610

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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