According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers in the automotive service and repair industry prefer to hire individuals with formal training. Minnesota auto mechanic schools offer programs which may take between six months and one year to complete and cover topics in the fields of automotive, motorcycle and diesel technology. Many auto mechanic schools in Minnesota also offer online education options. Whether pursuing an online or campus-based program, students can anticipate coursework in suspensions and steering, automotive HVAC, fuel systems, transmission and engine repair and more.
After completing a training program, students may go on to pursue certification in industry-specific areas. This certification is offered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and is achieved by passing each exam in a series of tests. The BLS reports that automotive service technicians and mechanics in Minnesota earned a mean annual income of $38,610 in 2009, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists earned $42,730 and automotive body and related repairers earned $47,660. Nationally, employment opportunities for automotive service technicians and mechanics is expected grow by five percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the BLS.