The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that across the automotive repair and service industry prefer to hire technicians and mechanics who have both experience and formal training. In Wisconsin, auto mechanic schools offer degree and certificate programs that typically take between six months and one year to complete. These programs prepare students to work in the automotive, diesel and motorcycle technology fields. For the working professional, Wisconsin auto mechanic schools also provide online coursework options--options that allow mechanics and technicians to complete advanced training while continuing to work in their full-time professions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2009 mean annual wage for Wisconsin auto mechanics and service technicians was just over $37,700. Auto mechanics' mean annual salaries were higher in Wisconsin's two main metropolitan areas of Milwaukee ($41,440) and Madison ($41,950). Furthermore, the BLS reports that Green Bay has the fifth-highest concentration of diesel engine specialists in the nation. In 2009, these specialists in the state earned a mean annual wage of $46,410. BLS data indicates that most auto mechanics are employed by maintenance and repair shops, so graduates of auto mechanic schools in Wisconsin might go on to work at one of the state's 37 shops awarded the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence's Blue Seal of Excellence.