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Auto Mechanic and Automotive Schools in Arkansas

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), automotive service and repair shops, car dealerships, service stations and independent garages increasingly prefer to hire individuals with formal education from auto mechanic schools.

In Arkansas, auto mechanic schools provide students with the essential training they need to diagnose problems, conduct basic vehicle maintenance, as well as repair cars, trucks and motorcycles. Most vocational programs last between six months and one year, while community college programs traditionally take two years to complete and result in an associate's degree or certificate. For individuals who possess experience working with automobiles, online education programs are a great option to improve career knowledge, learn new skills and earn a certificate or diploma. Online education programs range from automotive HVAC repair to transmissions, motorcycle repair to diesel mechanics.

Today, students may choose to pursue additional certifications, such as the Automotive Service Excellence Master Technician certificate, to further increase employment options or salary potential. Certification areas include medium/heavy truck, automobile, school bus, alternate fuels technicians and more.

Auto Repair Careers in Arkansas

In Arkansas, autobody technicians, auto mechanics, and bus/ truck mechanics are fairly common careers for auto professionals. For information on how these careers perform in the Natural State, see our tables below.

Autobody Technicians: Employment and Salary

Autobody technicians are in charge of repairing and refinishing damaged vehicle bodies and frames.

Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Auto Mechanics: Employment and Salary

Auto mechanics search out and fix up common problems in vehicles.

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO1,030$18.68$38,860
Fort Smith, AR-OK560$16.79$34,930
Jonesboro, AR250$16.87$35,090
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR1,760$18.49$38,470
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Bus/ Truck Mechanics: Employment and Salary

Bus/ truck mechanics fix all kinds of diesel engines, bus and truck engines among them.

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO740$18.68$38,860
Fort Smith, AR-OK310$18.51$38,490
Jonesboro, AR120$17.99$37,420
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR1,050$20.86$43,390
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Finding a School in Arkansas

If you'd like to start an automotive career in Arkansas, get your start here by looking through our school listings below. Contact your favorite choices by phone or email and find out what they can do for you and your career.

Sources:

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm

Automotive Schools in Arkansas

*This list may contain out-of-state and online schools that accept students from Arkansas.

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