Formal training benefits today's auto mechanic and service technician because employers prefer to hire individuals with an education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Phoenix, auto mechanic schools prepare students to work in the growing automotive, diesel and motorcycle technology fields. While training time depends on the specialty area, most programs can be completed in six to twelve months. Common areas of specialization include high performance vehicles, body repair, diesel engines and more. For students seeking a flexible and convenient learning atmosphere, many auto mechanic schools in Phoenix offer online classes as well.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers additional certifications for auto service technicians and mechanics. ASE certifications are industry-specific and available in a range of different specialty areas such as collision and repair, advanced engine repair and more. The BLS reports auto mechanics and service technicians in Phoenix earned a mean annual salary of $37,400 in 2009. Auto body repairers earned $41,120, while diesel engine specialists and truck mechanics earned $43,740.