The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has certified auto mechanic schools in Washington that specialize in automobile and medium/heavy truck maintenance and repair, as well as collision repair and refinishing. These programs traditionally take between six months and one year to complete. Working professionals can turn to Washington auto mechanic schools for online education programs as well--programs that allow students to finish a certificate or degree at their own pace.
In addition to formal training, many students pursue advanced certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. These certifications are available in different areas such as collision repair and truck equipment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the 2009 mean annual wage for auto mechanics and service technicians in Washington was $37,880. Man annual wages were also high for auto mechanics in the state's metropolitan areas such as Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ($41,410), Spokane ($38,230) and Tacoma ($38,050). Graduates of Washington auto mechanic schools might do well to seek employment in the state's aerospace industry, which has a labor force of 82,000 and generates more than $30 billion in revenue.