According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers in the automotive service and repair field traditionally prefer to hire candidates with formal training. In Hawaii, auto mechanic schools provide educational programs in areas such as automotive HVAC, automotive and motorcycle technology, diesel technology and collision repair. Programs typically last between six months and one year, and most require a minimum of 45 weeks of training. Online education is a great option for working professionals looking to earn a certificate or degree while maintaining a full-time schedule.
Automotive schools in Hawaii provide a blend of classroom-based and hands-on instruction. Some programs offer specific training on certain vehicle types such as BMW, Toyota, or Mercedes-Benz. Auto mechanics and service technicians may also pursue advanced certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Common areas of certification include engines, service, repair and finishing and more. The BLS reports automotive service technicians and mechanics in Hawaii earned a mean annual salary of just over $42,670 in May 2014, while bus and truck mechanics earned nearly $55,340.