In 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were over 18,800 automotive service technicians and mechanics employed in North Carolina. Auto mechanic schools provide the fundamental training necessary to work in the growing automotive, diesel and motorcycle technology fields. Coursework traditionally takes between six months and one year to complete and includes a blend of classroom-based and hands-on instruction. Many auto mechanic schools in North Carolina offer online education programs as well. These programs are a great choice for working professionals looking to complete a certificate or diploma while building new career skills.
Advanced certification is also available from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Today, ASE credentials are the benchmark for performance in the automotive service and repair industry. From collision repair to advanced engine performance, truck equipment to alternate fuels, there are a number of specialty certifications to choose from. BLS data shows that in May 2009, auto body repairers in North Carolina earned a mean annual income of just over $42,500. Automotive service technicians and mechanics earned nearly $40,000, while bus and truck mechanics earned just under $39,000.