There are many potentially rewarding careers out there, but the choice to take an automotive technician job may be one of the best in terms of personal and financial rewards. If you have mechanical aptitude and enjoy working on cars, then this may be the path for you. Nationally, mechanics earn an average of about $37,000 per year. However, mechanic jobs in Missouri pay an average of about $38,800, which is slightly more than what mechanics earn nationally. In addition, this is only the median earnings – you will find many mechanic jobs out there that pay substantially more than this. However, you’ll need to ensure that you’re the best fit for those jobs.
Education and certification come first
Before you start applying for technician jobs, you’ll need to attend an auto mechanic school to learn the basics. These classes are offered by a number of different providers, including community colleges and technical schools in Missouri. A few of the options open to you include the following:
- Ranken Technical College
- Ozarks Technical Community College
- State Technical College of Missouri
- Franklin Technology Center
- Pike-Lincoln Technical Center
Completing a course at these schools will give you the knowledge necessary for entry-level mechanic positions with dealerships, repair shops, and specialty shops throughout Missouri. However, your training should not end there, not if you want to earn a higher auto mechanic salary.
The next step is to begin the process of becoming ASE certified. Depending on your goals here, you may need one or more ASE certifications. If you intend to become an ASE certified master technician, then you’ll need to complete most of the courses, and then take the master technician certification test. Hirers are more willing to pay a higher salary to those with ASE certification due to their mastery of technology and automotive systems. It also provides peace of mind to customers.
Dealer certification may be an option for you as well. These programs are sponsored by automakers and branded dealerships, and are designed to teach you about that manufacturer’s systems and technology. While some of the knowledge gained here can be applied to all automakers, that’s not the case for all of it. As such, this type of certification is best for those who want to specialize in a particular brand.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Missouri? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.