Auto mechanic schools in Maine offer courses in the various aspects of automotive, motorcycle and diesel technology, including repair and maintenance, air conditioning, brakes, transmissions and more. Programs traditionally last between six months and one year; however, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that it can take several years of additional training and hands-on experience to become a fully qualified automotive service technician. For those already working in the profession, online education from Maine automotive schools is a great way to gain new skills as well as earn a certificate or degree.
Many students also pursue certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE certification is available in a number of areas such as electronic diesel engine diagnosis, service, collision repair and more. According to the BLS, automotive service technicians in Maine earned a mean annual income of approximately $36,710 in May 2014. Diesel engine specialists earned $39,950, while motorcycle mechanics earned just over $32,030.
Mechanics working in the non-metropolitan areas of the state earned just over $33,520.