According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers in the automotive industry traditionally prefer to hire individuals who have completed a formal training program. In Louisiana, auto mechanic schools offer training in areas such as automotive, motorcycle and diesel technology, diagnosis and automobile repair, routine maintenance and more. In most cases, programs typically take between six months and one year to complete. The BLS notes that it takes most automotive service technicians several additional years of on-the-job training to become fully qualified professionals.
In addition to completing training at one of the many auto mechanic schools in Louisiana, students may also pursue certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). In most cases, post-high school training at an auto mechanic school can be used as a substitute for the necessary two-year work experience requirement.
Auto Repair Careers in Louisiana
Louisiana is a good location to start a career in auto mechanics, whether it's in a family business, a local gas station, or a popular chain store. Three common automotive careers are autobody technicians, auto mechanics, and bus/ truck mechanics; let's take a look at the data on these three careers in the current Louisiana job market.
Autobody Technicians: Employment and Salary
After a car crash, autobody technicians are the ones straightening bent vehicle frames and repairing damaged vehicle bodies.
|Region||Total Employment||Hourly Mean Wage||Annual Mean Wage|
|Baton Rouge, LA||400||$22.14||$46,060|
|New Orleans-Metairie, LA||480||$22.91||$47,660|
|Shreveport-Bossier City, LA||250||$18.79||$39,080|
Auto Mechanics: Employment and Salary
Common vehicle troubles are fixed by these mechanics every day.
Bus/ Truck Mechanics: Employment and Salary
These professionals learn how to maintain and overhaul buses, trucks and other diesel engine vehicles.
|Region||Hourly Mean Wage||Annual Mean Wage||Total Employment|
|Baton Rouge, LA||870||$22.7||$47,220|
|New Orleans-Metairie, LA||660||$22.27||$46,330|
|Shreveport-Bossier City, LA||$20.28||$42,180|
Finding a School in Louisiana
Interested in starting a career in auto repair? See our listings below for several of the Louisiana schools that might be able to help you get everything started.
- 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