One out of every 10 people in Tennessee lives in Memphis, and nearly 500,000 of the city's residents are of legal age to drive. All those drivers means hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks on the road, and an education from automotive schools in Memphis can help you land a stable job in the growing automotive service industry.
Career Opportunity for Memphis Mechanics
Not just anyone can get a job fixing cars in Memphis, but there's significant job opportunity for auto mechanics who have the right knowledge and skills. Graduates of auto mechanic training programs had strong prospects for more than 2,800 jobs in the city in 2014, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and forecasters at both the state and national levels expect considerable employment growth in the field over the next several years.
Job prospects are even stronger for mechanics/techs who earn enough education and experience to take on supervisory duties around the shop. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development included mechanic and repair shop supervisors on their recent list of Hot Careers for Fayette and Shelby Counties, where students of auto schools in Memphis are likely to find work if they stay local after graduation.
Training and Certification for Mechanics in Memphis
Whether you're shooting for a supervisor position or hoping to focus your expertise under the hood, programs at auto colleges in Memphis lay down a solid foundation for your career. There are typically two types of program available:
- Programs that focus specifically on career skills and lead to a certificate or diploma
- Community college degree plans that include some general education courses and lead to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree
There may be a few auto mechanic training programs that don't exactly fit either mold -- some community college plans may lead to a degree with a different title, for example -- but if the school you choose has a good reputation among local mechanics then you're still likely to get a solid professional education. Here's a short list of subject categories you can expect to study in a comprehensive, nose-to-tail training program at automotive schools in Memphis:
- Engine performance
- Engine repair
- Brake systems
- Suspension and steering
- Transmissions, drive trains and axles
- Electrical/electronic systems
Some programs may also include courses in technical mathematics or computer software literacy. Technicians who continue learning as they gain employment experience after graduation can begin taking the A Series of National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams and work toward earning Master Automobile Technician status. Single-test ASE certifications in advanced engine performance, alternative fuels and other specialized skillsets are also available.
Salary for Auto Mechanics in Memphis
Auto mechanics all around the U.S. earned a mean monthly wage of $3,332 in 2014, according to BLS statistics, which works out to a yearly average of $39,980. The average auto mechanic salary for the state of Tennessee was slightly lower for the year, with a monthly wage of $3,128 and a yearly mean salary of $37,540, but the area-specific economic outlook for graduates of programs in automotive schools in Memphis was brighter than both the state and national figures.
Mechanics in the Memphis metropolitan area earned a mean annual salary of $40,320 in 2014, the BLS reports, or an average monthly wage of $3,360. Mechanics with extensive education or several years' experience on the job earned significantly more -- the top 10 percent of earners in the area took home more than $64,850 for the year, or a monthly figure of more than $5,400.
Nationwide Job Growth and Industry Outlook
BLS figures show that nationwide employment growth for automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected to occur at a rate of about 5 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is approximately as fast as the expansion projected for the career market at large over the same period.
Growth in regional positions for graduates of Memphis auto mechanic schools should be a point or two faster, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. A 6.7 percent expansion in mechanic jobs is expected between 2014 and 2022, which should lead to several hundred new positions for qualified candidates.
How Can I Enroll in Auto Mechanic Schools in Memphis?
The education you get from automotive training programs can get you ready to take on a range of positions in automotive repair and service after graduation, and application and enrollment are the first steps. Take a look at our listings below, find a school that seems right for you and reach out for more information on how to get started.
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