Formal auto mechanic training, combined with certification, is a great way to prepare for new career opportunities. In Alaska, auto mechanic schools offer a wide array of certificate and degree programs. Common fields of study include automotive and diesel technology, collision repair, high performance vehicles and motorcycle technology. Programs typically last between six months and one year. However, some auto mechanic schools in Alaska offer two-year programs that result in an associate's degree or certificate.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it typically takes two years for students to become fully certified auto service mechanics and technicians. Students may choose to pursue specialized certification in areas such as school buses, alternate fuels and medium/heavy trucks from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The BLS reports auto service technicians in Alaska were among the highest paid in the nation, earning a mean annual salary of just over $49,000 in May 2009. Auto service technicians and mechanics specializing in bus, truck or diesel repair earned nearly $57,000.