The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has found employers in the automotive repair and service industries traditionally prefer to hire individuals who have completed a certificate or degree program. In South Carolina, auto mechanic schools offer a variety of programs that prepare students to work in three major areas: automotive, motorcycle and diesel technology. From learning how to diagnose problems to performing routine maintenance, repairing vehicles to conducting advanced engine repair, auto mechanic schools in South Carolina provide the fundamental training in the automotive service and repair fields. For individuals with working experience, online education can be a flexible option for completing a degree or certificate.
After finishing a training program, many students pursue advanced credentials from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Long considered the industry standard, ASE certification is available in a number of areas, from advanced engine repair to collision repair, parts to truck equipment. The BLS reports that auto mechanic mechanics in South Carolina earned a mean annual salary of nearly $34,500 in 2009, while auto body repairers earned approximately $41,160 and truck mechanics earned just over $39,000.