Thinking about automotive technician jobs in the Silver State? Nevada is a great place to live if you want to be a mechanic. From Reno to Carson City to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, there are shops in need of skilled, expert technicians. The national average annual salary for an automotive technician is roughly $37,000 but in Nevada, the average is $40,700. So, you’re already a leg up on other areas of the nation, but with the right training and education, and a little bit of planning, you can actually earn substantially more.
Start by learning more
Your first step should not be putting in an application with a dealership or nearby repairs shop. Instead, you need to get the right education. Today, most employers in the industry expect applicants to have a firm knowledge of the basics at the very least. If you don’t have the right education and training, you’ll find a much harder time locating employment, and you will not earn as much. There are several schools in Nevada that can offer automotive repair courses, including the following:
- College of Southern Nevada
- Truckee Meadows Community College
- Western Nevada College
- Automotive Technology Training
Most of these courses will take about a year to complete, although some are six-month courses. Once you’ve completed yours, you will have the grounding in the basics most employers in the industry expect. You should be able to find an entry-level job at this point, although your pay will reflect the fact that this is only an entry-level position.
Your next step should be to pursue your ASE certifications. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has been the gold standard for the automotive industry for a long time. Today, the NIASE offers computerized testing at monitored testing facilities across the nation, including in Nevada. You’ll find many different certification courses that can be taken, which allows you to pursue your interests, as well as specialties that will be most valuable to you in Nevada.
For instance, air conditioning certification would be a very wise move, particularly if you live and work in the valley as opposed to working near Tahoe or in Truckee. You can (and likely should) also pursue your master ASE certification. This proves that you have mastered a very wide range of topics related to auto repair, maintenance and service, and will ensure that you have access to some of the highest paying automotive technician jobs in Nevada.
Supplement your income with work as a mobile mechanic
Plan carefully, and get the education you need. It is possible to earn a very good salary as an automotive technician in Nevada.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Nevada? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.