Auto Mechanic and Automotive Schools in New Mexico

Auto Mechanic and Automotive Schools in New Mexico

In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports there were over 4,110 automotive service technicians, bus and truck mechanics employed in New Mexico. Auto mechanic schools provide the fundamental training necessary to work in the automotive, diesel or motorcycle technology fields. Programs typically take between six months and one year to complete. For professionals with a background in automotive service, an online education program could be the right choice to earn a certificate or degree and gain new career skills.

Earning certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a common step for many graduates of auto mechanic schools in New Mexico. ASE certification is available in a number of areas, such as collision repair or alternate fuels. Although certification is voluntary, ASE credentials are viewed as the industry-standard.

Auto Repair Careers in New Mexico

There are many different automotive careers, but three of the most common are autobody technicians, auto mechanics, and bus/ truck mechanics. Let's take a look at how each of these careers are performing in New Mexico in the current job market.

Autobody Technicians: Employment and Salary

As long as cars in an accident aren't totaled, they'll likely have their body and frame fixed up by an autobody technician.

2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Auto Mechanics: Employment and Salary

Many simple (or complicated but common) mechanical problems are corrected by auto mechanics.

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Albuquerque, NM1,840$20.92$43,520
Farmington, NM380$20.02$41,640
Las Cruces, NM410$18.98$39,480
Santa Fe, NM350$22.95$47,730
2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Bus/ Truck Mechanics: Employment and Salary

These professionals certainly do repair buses and trucks, but their real focus is diesel engines of all kinds.

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Albuquerque, NM650$23.49$48,850
Farmington, NM180$23.54$48,970
Las Cruces, NM50$20.21$42,050
Santa Fe, NM40$17.73$36,880
2019 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2018-28 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Finding a School in New Mexico

There are multiple auto technology schools in New Mexico, and we've listed some of them below. Take advantage of this list by contacting your preferred schools by phone or email to learn more about what they can do for you.

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