Employers in the automotive service and repair industry--notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics--traditionally prefer candidates who have a formal education. In Mississippi, auto mechanic schools offer programs typically take between six and twelve months to complete. These programs provide fundamental training in motorcycle, diesel and automotive technology. From engine repair to transmissions, suspension systems to automotive HVAC, coursework varies by program. Today, many auto mechanic schools in Mississippi currently have online education options which offer flexibility and convenience for working professionals.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) provides industry certification in several areas. certification to students, following the completion of a training program, in eight possible areas. ASE professional credentials represent a commitment to the industry and demonstrate advanced knowledge in the field. The BLS reports that automotive service technicians and mechanics in Mississippi earned a mean annual income of $39,410 in 2009, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists earned $33,750 and automotive body and related repairers earned $33,810.