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Auto mechanics are needed to carry out inspections, maintenance and repairs on small trucks and cars, assisting customers with everything from engines to brakes. This work often involves using traditional systems but a large part of this role now involves working with electronic systems. Typically, in order to pursue a career as an automotive service technician, you will need to have been trained in both traditional and modern mechanical systems.

Texas Auto Mechanic Schools

To become an auto mechanic, you may need to have the relevant experience and education in this field. There are a number of auto mechanic schools in Texas that can provide you with this, and these include:

  • Texas State Technical College - Established over 50 years ago, TSTC provide a wide range of programs for students, including automotive technology and auto collision technology.

  • Universal Technical Institute - UTI specializes in diploma programs and undergraduate degrees for those seeking a career as a marine, motorcycle, collision repair, diesel or automotive repair technician.

  • Lincoln College of Technology - Located at their Grand Prairie campus, Lincoln Tech provide hands-on career training which is carried out by ASE-certified trainers.

  • Western Technical College - Accredited by the Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Western Technical College was founded in 1970. Today, they offer a wide range of programs that combine hands-on experiences, classroom work and career development that is industry-specific.

  • South Texas College - Offering over 100 programs in 5 locations across Texas, South Texas College in the largest higher-education facility in San Antonio.

  • Laredo Community College South - Founded in 1947, LCC is Laredo's oldest institute of higher education. They provide vocational, technical and academic programs, serving more than 12,000 students per year.

  • Austin Community College - Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC), ACC offer certificates and degrees in more than 100 different subject areas.

What to Expect from Texas Auto Mechanic Programs

Gaining an education at an auto mechanic school in Texas can provide you with all of the necessary skills and knowledge you need to pursue your career. During the program, you may find out how to:

  • Test systems and parts
  • Identify problems
  • Perform repairs to manufacturers' standards
  • Replace worn parts
  • Perform basic maintenance
  • Dissect and assemble engines, transmissions and transaxles
  • Use electronic diagnostic equipment

This often involves being in a classroom environment as well as gaining a hands-on experience in a service shop.

Texas Auto Mechanic License

It is a general requirement for all auto mechanics practicing in Texas to have obtained the relevant certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Here, you are able to choose an area that you want to specialize in, which could be automatic transmission, suspension and steering or engine performance, for example.

To be presented with one of these certificates, you will need to pass an exam and you will be required to have at least 2 years' work experience. Alternatively, you may be accepted if you've had a year's worth of work experience and you've received education in a relevant subject. Those who then wish to become an ASE Master Technician will be required to undergo all for the certificates offered, except for the light vehicle diesel engines.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Texas

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More Texas 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
Total Enrollment
The Woodlands
Associates
72,336
Houston
Associates
57,120
Fort Worth
Associates
52,957
Austin
Associates
40,803
McAllen
Bachelors
31,321
Pasadena
Associates
30,509
El Paso
Associates
28,750
Mesquite
Associates
16,196
Killeen
Associates
15,672
Farmers Branch
Associates
13,286
Waco
Associates
12,717
San Antonio
Associates
12,050
Tyler
Bachelors
11,649
Corpus Christi
Associates
11,476
Amarillo
Associates
10,259
Laredo
Associates
9,881
Levelland
Associates
9,329
Baytown
Associates
7,717
Lancaster
Associates
7,443
Wharton
Associates
7,050
Uvalde
Associates
6,660
Weatherford
Associates
6,357
Odessa
Associates
6,282
Brownsville
Associates
6,216
Alvin
Associates
5,785
Kilgore
Associates
5,684
Midland
Bachelors
5,564
Lufkin
Associates
5,215
Beeville
Associates
4,463
Athens
Associates
4,449
Texarkana
Associates
4,250
Lake Jackson
Bachelors
4,245
Hillsboro
Associates
4,236
Cisco
Associates
3,279
Mount Pleasant
Associates
3,110
Vernon
Associates
3,005
Port Arthur
Associates
2,293
El Paso
Bachelors
1,527
Houston
N/A
1,518
Irving
N/A
1,167
El Paso
Associates
1,042
Grand Prairie
Associates
898
San Antonio
N/A
526
Big Spring
Associates
92

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. 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.

2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Corpus Christi920 $44,910
El Paso1510 $33,640
College Station-Bryan470 $48,540
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission980 $40,510
Longview370 $53,170
Odessa460 $45,180
Brownsville-Harlingen350 $36,300
San Angelo300 $43,000
San Antonio-New Braunfels4540 $45,970
Waco680 $36,520
Abilene420 $35,770
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington14570 $42,950
Laredo290 $37,240
Killeen-Temple720 $43,280
Lubbock680 $46,220
Midland560 $49,910
Beaumont-Port Arthur760 $44,920
Austin-Round Rock4010 $56,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land10950 $43,780
Sherman-Denison210 $44,440
Tyler570 $40,630
Wichita Falls280 $39,430
Victoria200 $42,490
Amarillo520 $49,270

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, 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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