In Arizona, auto mechanic schools prepare students to work in the automotive industry. Students can learn the basics of engine management systems, diagnostics, heating and cooling systems, transmissions and more. Programs traditionally last between six months and two years, and include both classroom and hands-on instruction. Online education programs are a good choice for individuals with auto mechanic, service, or repair experience seeking additional training, specializations, or new degrees and certificates.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence also offers a variety of specialty certifications in areas such as alternate fuels and heavy trucks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers such as car dealerships, independent garages and repair shops tend to prefer experienced, qualified, and certified individuals with an education from auto mechanic schools. In Arizona, automotive service technicians and mechanics earned a mean annual salary of approximately $38,000 in May 2009, according to the BLS. Individuals that specialize in diesel engines and bus mechanics earned just over $42,500, while automotive body repairers earned over $41,000 in annual earnings.