Employers in the automotive service and repair industries prefer to hire individuals who have received training from auto mechanic schools. In Oregon, it typically takes between six months and one year to complete these training programs. Through both hands-on experience and classroom-based coursework, auto mechanic schools in Oregon prepare students to work with the latest automotive, diesel and motorcycle technology. Online education programs allow working professionals to develop advanced skills in areas such as automotive HVAC, transmissions, routine maintenance and more, all while earning a certificate or degree.
In addition to finishing an education at an auto mechanic school, students may want to pursue certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE certification is considered to be the industry standard and is available in several different areas such as truck equipment and service. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, auto mechanics and service technicians in Oregon earned a mean annual salary of approximately $39,400 in 2009. Bus and truck mechanics earned nearly $42,800, while automotive body repairers earned approximately $41,960.