Have you always wanted to become an automotive mechanic? Finding the right automotive technician job is going to be difficult unless you have the proper training and knowledge under your belt. While it might not be necessary to have a degree, you will find that employers are far less likely to want to hire you if you do not have a good solid foundation.
Of course, having a job as a mechanic can be very fulfilling because you will be doing something you enjoy, as well as earning a decent wage from the work you do. Keep in mind that the actual amount of money earned by mechanics around the country can vary quite a bit. The median wage for mechanics is between $31,000 and $41,000. Some can earn substantially more based on the amount of training they have, certifications, and their location.
In the state of South Carolina, the mean annual wage for an automotive technician job is $36,250 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those who are on the high end of earning in the state can earn as much as $57,000.
Increase your earning potential with more training
Everybody wants to increase the amount of money they could earn. In addition to the basic training needed to perform the job, there are also certifications that can be obtained, which can improve your skill or knowledge in certain areas and therefore make you more valuable to employers. One of the most common methods of increasing value is through certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
These are called ASE certifications, and they are available in a number of different categories. The categories include electronic systems, engine performance, manual drivetrain and axles, diesel engines, engine repair, heating and air-conditioning, brakes, automatic transmission and transaxle, and suspension and steering.
Why would you want to become certified in each of these different areas? If you have certification in all of the above areas through ASE, then you will be certified as a master mechanic. This can vastly increase your earning potential, and it can make you more desirable when you’re out seeking new jobs.
Training options for automotive technicians
There are a number of different options when it comes to getting training for automotive technician jobs. Many in South Carolina can find vocational schools, and some will even start as early as high school to get people started with their training. There are also colleges that offer different types of automotive programs, and specialized schools specifically for automotive technicians. One school that a number of people have chosen to go to, is UTI or the Universal Technical Institute.
While this school does not have a campus in South Carolina, it does have campuses in other parts of the country, including North Carolina. They offer a 51-week program which can teach you how to diagnose, as well as maintain and repair automobiles both foreign and domestic. Those who want the best chance of getting good paying job in the automotive field need to have proper training. With good training comes great jobs and much better pay.
The following are some schools to consider:
- Midlands Technical College
- Spartanburg Community College
- Trident Technical College
- York Technical College
- Piedmont Technical College
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in South Carolina? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.