Would you like to become an auto mechanic? Have you spent time looking at all of the automotive technician jobs that are available online or in the paper? It is a good job that has a lot of potential. If you love vehicles you like to work with your hands, and you enjoy solving problems, then it could be a good fit for you. In addition, the career has the potential to provide you with a nice living. You may be wondering exactly how much you could make if you follow the career path of a mechanic. In the United States, the average salary for a mechanic is between $31,000 per year and $41,000 per year, but it is important to keep in mind that this number can vary substantially based on a host of factors. The location in the country, as well as the amount of training and certifications a mechanic has will play a part in how much they can make.
In the state of Wyoming, things look very bright for mechanics. Their mean annual wage is $43,630 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is more than it is in many other states. However, you are not going to be able to get one of those high paying jobs unless you have the proper training and knowledge under your belt.
Training for the job
When it comes to training to become a mechanic, you can go about it in a number of different ways. In some cases, people don’t have any formal training, but this really limits the number of employers who will be interested in them. Many will go to a vocational school, a specialty school, or they will go to college to complete a program for auto mechanics. The more training and education you have the more promising your auto mechanic career.
Residents in the state of Wyoming who want to have a career in the field of auto mechanics will find a number of programs available. Online programs are also available, and there may be vocational schools that can start students out in high school on a career path for auto mechanics.
Here are some of the best schools to consider in Wyoming for those who want to become a mechanic:
- Casper College
- Laramie County Community College
- Western Wyoming Community College
- Central Wyoming College
Certifications help increase earning potential
Having the knowledge needed to start in the field is great, but if you want to increase your earning potential even further, you will want to have certifications. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers ASE certification. They have certification available for nine different areas, and when you have completed the certification for all those areas you can earn the ASE Master Technician credential. Areas of certification include brakes, engine repair, heating and air-conditioning, automatic transmission, suspension and steering, light vehicle diesel engines, engine performance, electrical systems, and manual drivetrain and axles.
If you put in the time to get the education you need and you are willing to work toward certifications, you have the potential to make a substantial amount of money as a mechanic in Wyoming.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Wyoming? and was authored by Valerie Johnston.