Participating in a training program can prove to be beneficial considering employers in the automotive service and repair industry prefer to hire individuals with formal training, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Missouri auto mechanic schools offer programs that cover topics surrounding the basics of automotive, motorcycle and diesel technology and may take between six months and one year to complete. Students can anticipate coursework in HVAC, fuel systems, suspension and steering, transmissions, engine repair and more. Online education is also an option at many auto mechanic schools in Missouri, giving professionals the benefits of flexibility and convenience while completing a program.
After graduating from a training program, students may decide to earn certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The ASE offers various industry-specific test series that are considered to be the industry-standard for certification. The BLS reports that automotive service technicians and mechanics in Missouri earned a mean annual income of $35,290 in 2009, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists earned $39,610 and automotive body and related repairers earned $43,190.