New Jersey might be small, but they’re big on automotive technician jobs. You’ll find a very wide range of available openings in this state, and you’ll also find that New Jersey has one of the highest average salaries for mechanics. Nationally, the average is around $37,000. However, in New Jersey, the average is $47,120. That’s more than $10,000 a year over the national average. In addition, this is not the upper cap – there are positions that actually pay quite a bit more. If you’re ready to embark on a rewarding career, you’ll need to first make sure that you’re attractive for hirers.
Getting your education handled first
As with most other fields today, you need a basic education before you can apply for automotive technician jobs. The good news is that many of these courses are relatively short, lasting around a year or so. With that being said, there are longer courses available if you prefer. You can complete your coursework at a number of schools in the state, including the following:
- Lincoln Technical Institute
- Mechanics Education Associates
- Pennco Tech
- Automotive Training Center
Once you’ve completed your course, you should be able to take advantage of entry-level positions in the automotive industry. However, you will still need to continue your education. ASE certification is the next step. In some areas, this is optional, although highly recommended. However, in other areas, it is mandated by county government. For instance, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, you must be ASE certified to be a mechanic.
ASE certification is available in many different formats. There are individual modules and specializations available, but you can also become an ASE certified master technician. These credentials will allow you to apply for higher paying automotive technician jobs. You’ll also find that your skills are much more in demand, as hirers are happy to pay more for a mechanic with more education and training.
Depending on your career goals, you may also find it worthwhile to consider dealership certification. This really only applies if you are working with a branded dealership, as the course will teach you about the automaker’s specific technologies and designs. It doesn’t really apply outside of the brand, although it can enhance your overall understanding of automotive technology.
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Regardless of what you choose, this can be an ideal time to embark on a career as an automotive technician.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in New Jersey? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.