According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers in the automotive industry prefer job applicants who complete formal training programs. Florida auto mechanic schools provide fundamental instruction in the routine maintenance, diagnosis and repair of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. While programs typically last between six months and one year, some two-year programs are available at community colleges and result in an associate degree or certificate. Online education is a great option for mechanics with professional experience who want to gain advanced training through a certificate or degree program. Common courses include fuel and ignition systems, brakes and suspension, electrical systems, body repair and more.
Certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) can benchmark your professional skills in areas such as collision, repair and refinishing, service consulting, engine machinist and more. Auto mechanic schools in Florida can give you the skills you need to become certified. According to the BLS, Florida automotive service technicians and mechanics earned a mean annual wage of $47,310 in May 2009. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists earned $42,080 and auto body repair technicians earned $39,560.