Auto mechanic schools in Kansas can open doors to careers in engine repair, auto body repair, and related specialties, such as transmissions, air conditioning, brakes and more. Programs usually last anywhere from six months to one year and cover topics such as automotive and motorcycle technology, automotive HVAC and collision repair. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it can take several years of post-education experience to become a fully qualified auto mechanic. For mechanics working in the industry, online education is an option to build new skills and earn a certificate or degree. In addition to completing a program at one of the many Kansas auto mechanic schools, mechanics may also pursue certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
According to the BLS, the May 2014 mean income for mechanics in Kansas was $38,650, while auto body repair workers earned $40,270. In the metropolitan area of Kansas City, mechanics earned $39,570 and auto body repair workers earned $44,220. This compares favorably to the numbers for those mechanics and auto body workers in non-metropolitan areas, who made $37,760 and $28,030, respectively.