Residents of the state of Wisconsin who would like to become auto mechanics so they can apply to automotive technician jobs need to understand that they have to go through a substantial amount of training first. They will probably also want to have a good idea of how much they could make in the field. In the United States, the amount of money made by mechanics can vary quite a bit from one location to another, and certifications can also play a part.
The average annual salary for those who are in the United States is between $31,000 and $41,000 per year. The average can vary based on where they’re located. In Wisconsin, the mean wage for mechanics is $38,510 per year, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Before you can start your job, you need to have training, so let’s look at some of the locations in the state where you can start getting ready for your career as an auto mechanic.
Getting the training you need to start a career as an auto mechanic
While there may be some garages that will hire people with no certification or training, the jobs are few and far between and they do not involve very much in the way of actual mechanic work. In addition, the pay will be low. Those who want to earn more and who want to have a more fulfilling career will need to have training.
The state of Wisconsin has several schools available that can offer certificates for technicians, as well as those that offer Associate of Applied Science Degrees for automotive technology.
The following are some of the top schools in the state for learning how to become a mechanic.
- Fox Valley Technical College
- Chippewa Valley Technical College
- Blackhawk Technical College
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Milwaukee Area Technical College
There are also online schools, as well as schools that are located outside the state for those who want to travel for their education. One of the more popular schools outside of the state is UTI, or the Universal Technical Institute. This particular school has a 51-week program that covers everything you need to know to get into the field of auto mechanics.
Improve your earning potential with certifications
In addition to regular training, you may want to look into certifications. These can give you added training and experience in certain fields. These certifications have the potential to make you more valuable to employers who are looking to hire, and they can increase your earning potential.
ASE certification is one of the best options available, and if you qualify and certify for all nine of the specialties, you can qualify for ASE Master Technician. Having this added knowledge will make you a valuable part of any garage. Some mechanics may also want to specialize in certain types of systems, engines, or vehicle manufacturers.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Wisconsin? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.