Auto mechanics maintain and repair cars, trucks, vans, and more. To build a successful career as an automotive technician, you should enjoy working with your hands and applying logic and analytical thinking to solve problems. Some mechanics choose to specialize in a certain type of vehicle, such as heavy equipment, import cars, or motorcycles. Others may choose to focus on repairing a particular part of the vehicle, such as transmission work.
The state of Utah offers many educational choices for people interested in earning either a degree or certificate in automotive technology. Here are five schools with programs in the field:
Students in auto technician programs can expect to study eight basic principles of auto repair:
Vehicles today feature complex, advanced computer and electronic systems. Automotive technology students learn how to read this data to diagnose mechanical issues, and then design and implement an effective repair strategy.
Instruction is typically split between classroom-based lessons and hands-on training exercises. The hands-on component, which gives students the chance to work on actual vehicles or automotive systems, may take place at a campus workshop or even a local auto repair facility.
The state of Utah does not require auto mechanics to obtain a special license. However, Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) certification may boost your resume and earning power, and some shops require it. In addition, the EPA requires certification in the proper handling of refrigerants for mechanics working with this substance.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
Salt Lake City
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Utah. 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
|Salt Lake City||2610||$42,570|