Employers in the automotive repair industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), generally prefer to employ individuals who have finished a degree or certificate program. In South Dakota, auto mechanic schools provide a variety of training programs in areas such as automotive technology, diesel technology and motorcycle technology. These programs traditionally take between six and twelve months to complete and equip students the fundamental skills necessary to conduct routine vehicle maintenance, diagnose programs and repair vehicles. A number of auto mechanic schools in South Carolina offer online education programs as well — programs that offer flexibility and convenience for today's working professional.
After completing their formal education, many students turn to the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) to earn advanced credentials. ASE certification demonstrates a commitment to the profession and is available in a variety of areas, such as collision repair and truck equipment.
Career Outlook and Salary Expectations for Auto Mechanics in South Dakota
Take a look at the tables below for up-to-date information from the BLS about salaries and employment outlook.
Bus/Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Automotive Body and Related Repairers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm