Auto mechanic schools in Kentucky offer courses in everything from engine repair to auto body repair, as well as specialties in the industry, such as transmissions, glass repair and replacement, air conditioning, front end alignment, brakes and more. Programs typically take between six months and one year to complete. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that full qualification often requires several additional years of hands-on training and job experience. For professionals with experience in the automotive service and repair industry, online education is a great option for advanced training, certification and degrees.
After completing a program at one of the many Kentucky auto mechanic schools, master certification can be earned through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE certification is available in a number of areas, such as truck equipment, school bus, electronic diesel engine diagnosis, collision repair and more. According to the BLS, the May 2014 mean annual income for mechanics in Kentucky was about $33,450 and nearly $38,210 for auto body repairers. In the Lexington metro area, auto service mechanics earned approximately $34,060, while in non-metropolitan areas, the mean income was about $32,160. The BLS also reported auto body repairers earned nearly $28,710.