The large, state-capital-of-California metro area of Sacramento County is home to more than 1,482,000 people, and it's growing by leaps and bounds — by 4.6 percent from 2010 through 2014, to be exact. It's safe to say that the majority of those individuals will turn to private transportation to get from place to place.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Sacramento County was home to 1,208,025 registered vehicles by the end of 2014. A number like that calls for many qualified auto mechanics and technicians. Fortunately, mechanic schools in Sacramento are poised to meet the demand with programs that qualify mechanics for work on cars, trucks, heavy vehicles and much more.
Training and Certification in Sacramento
There are numerous auto mechanic schools in Sacramento, but for the most discerning students, accreditation is key:
- The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation currently accredits three auto mechanic schools in a 10-mile radius of Sacramento, and another three within a 50-mile radius. Though there might be other schools in the area that offer auto mechanic and technician courses or degrees, keep in mind that NATEF accreditation can make a degree stand out among other applicants.
- Those who choose to work as an auto mechanic in the state of California, including Sacramento city or county, might need to obtain a professional license in order to work independently. Some high-end services and repairs require further licensing and certifications. Those who want to stand out from the crowd can obtain certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or the Automotive Service Association (ASA).
Auto Repair Careers in Sacramento
Here, you can take a look at how three common automotive careers are performing in the current Sacramento job market, complete with data on employment and salary.
|Career||Total Employment||Hourly Mean Wage||Annual Mean Wage|
|Automotive Body and Related Repairers||1,070||$20.41||$42,460|
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||4,320||$21.73||$45,190|
|Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists||1,220||$25.3||$52,620|
Finding a School in Sacramento
Those who want to become auto mechanics can start their journey right here, with a look at the following list of mechanic schools in Sacramento.
- Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm
- Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm
- Department of Motor Vehicles, Estimated Vehicles Registered by County, http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/add5eb07-c676-40b4-98b5-8011b059260a/est_fees_pd_by_county.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CONVERT_TO=url&CACHEID=add5eb07-c676-40b4-98b5-8011b059260a
- Find Accredited Schools, NATEF, http://www.natef.org/NATEF-and-You/Students-Parents/Find-Accredited-Schools.aspx?Address=sacramento%2c+cA&d=50&t=1&e=2
- Occupations with Fastest Job Growth (% change) in Sacramento-Roseville-Arden Arcade MSA, State of California Economic Development Department, http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/cgi/databrowsing/localAreaProfileQSMoreResult.asp?viewAll=yes&viewAllUS=¤tPage=3¤tPageUS=&sortUp=&sortDown=&criteria=fast+growing+occupations&categoryType=employment&geogArea=0621040900×eries=&more=More&menuChoice=localAreaPro&printerFriendly=&BackHistory=-4&goTOPageText=
- Sacramento City and County, U.S. Census Quick Facts, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06067.html