The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employers in the automotive repair and service industry prefer to hire employees who possess a level of formal training. In Ohio, auto mechanic schools provide the training necessary to work in the diesel, automotive and motorcycle technology fields. Most programs last between six months and one year and cover a variety of specialty training areas, including automotive HVAC, engine maintenance, diagnosis and more. For professionals with experience, online education programs are a great way to enhance career skills while earning a degree or certificate.
After completing training from one of the many auto mechanic schools in Ohio, graduates can choose to complete additional certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE certifications are considered the industry-standard and are available in a variety of specialty areas. The BLS reports automotive service technicians and mechanics in Ohio earned a mean annual salary of just over $36,000 in May 2009. Auto body repairers earned nearly $39,000 and truck and bus mechanics earned approximately $39,300.