In 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there were over 6,200 automotive service technicians, bus and truck mechanics employed in New Mexico. Auto mechanic schools provide the fundamental training necessary to work in the automotive, diesel or motorcycle technology fields. Programs typically take between six months and one year to complete. For professionals with a background in automotive service, an online education program could be the right choice to earn a certificate or degree and gain new career skills.
Earning certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a common step for many graduates of auto mechanic schools in New Mexico. ASE certification is available in a number of areas, such as collision repair or alternate fuels. Although certification is voluntary, ASE credentials are viewed as the industry-standard. The BLS notes auto service technicians and mechanics in New Mexico earned a mean annual salary of nearly $34,000 in 2009. Bus and truck mechanics earned nearly $42,800, while automotive body repairers earned $34,750.