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Auto Mechanic and Automotive Schools in Massachusetts

The economic recession had a major impact on the automotive industry, sending shock waves through every department, from sales to service. However, performance has been on the upswing, particularly in Massachusetts. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), new car sales reached nearly $17 billion in Massachusetts in 2013. The NADA's 2014 report projected 2013 was a significant year of growth for an industry that continues to grow.

For individuals considering entering the automotive industry as mechanics, that growth should be seen as a positive. Auto mechanics are integral to the service component of the industry, an industry that produced approximately $4.7 billion nationally in revenue in service and parts at new dealerships alone in 2013 (NADA).

As core employees within service departments at dealerships and repair garages nationwide, auto mechanics perform a number of duties when working on vehicles. From servicing to maintenance to repair, auto mechanics may handle any of the following tasks:

  • Changing the transmission fluid
  • Replacing air and cabin filters
  • Changing brake systems
  • Serving and repairing air conditioning systems
  • Changing tires
  • Performing engine tune-ups

Automotive Service and Repair Training in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts does not require its auto mechanics to hold individual licenses, but does have rules and regulations for repair shops -- regulations that can be found through Massachusetts' Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

Part of their recommendations to consumers is to only use trained, experienced mechanics. Prospective students can receive that training from accredited auto mechanic schools in Massachusetts. There are multiple educational paths to this training: diploma, certificate and associate degree programs. Students can find these programs at vocational schools and community colleges. Depending on the specific degree or diploma curriculum, some programs may be completed in as little as a year, while associate degrees may require two or more years of study and training to complete.

Employment and Salary Overview in Massachusetts

More than 16,000 auto mechanics work in the state and that number is expected to grow over the next several years. The largest job markets in the state include Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Springfield and Worcester. 

Auto Mechanic Wages & Salary

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division6,480$21.87$45,480
Framingham, MA NECTA Division940$23.18$48,210
Springfield, MA-CT1,570$21.13$43,950
Worcester, MA-CT1,260$21.98$45,730
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Auto Body Technician Wages & Salary

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

Throughout the state, earnings varied by location, with several metro areas averaging salaries even higher than the state or national average.

Bus/Truck Mechanic Wages & Salary

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division1,930$30.44$63,310
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division220$29.17$60,660
Springfield, MA-CT820$25.29$52,600
Worcester, MA-CT690$28.44$59,160
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Auto Mechanic and Automotive Schools in Massachusetts

Students thinking about auto mechanic training should research their educational options available in Massachusetts and take earning and job growth potential, as well as professional and personal goals into account before enrolling. Get started with your automotive career by choosing a school from the list below.

Sources:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, OES, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493023.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, OOH, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, OES Massachusetts, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ma.htm
  • Projections Central, Texas, projectionscentral.com

Automotive Schools in Massachusetts

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

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