Employers in the automotive repair industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), generally prefer to employ individuals who have finished a degree or certificate program. In South Dakota, auto mechanic schools provide a variety of training programs in areas such as automotive technology, diesel technology and motorcycle technology. These programs traditionally take between six and twelve months to complete and equip students the fundamental skills necessary to conduct routine vehicle maintenance, diagnose programs and repair vehicles. A number of auto mechanic schools in South Carolina offer online education programs as well--programs that offer flexibility and convenience for today's working professional.
After completing their formal education, many students turn to the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) to earn advanced credentials. ASE certification demonstrates a commitment to the profession and is available in a variety of areas, such as collision repair and truck equipment. In 2014, auto mechanics and service technicians in South Dakota earned a mean annual income of $37,070, auto body repairers earned just over $38,090 and truck and bus mechanics earned over $40,740.