Automotive mechanics are responsible for maintaining and repairing cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles. They also perform diagnostic tests and advise consumers of the best course of action in order to keep their automobiles running in optimum condition. In addition to possessing technical knowledge of cars, mechanics must also have dexterity and skills in order to perform a job. Mechanics have a thorough understanding of how mechanical parts work and how an automobile performs.
Many mechanics are also car enthusiasts who know quite a bit about car and truck history which helps them sometimes predict how certain parts, engines and transmissions will perform as well as the proper maintenance. Of course, with all the work a mechanic has to do, safety is of the utmost importance. The hazards of the job include working under suspended automobiles, handling sharp or moving objects and dealing with dangerous chemicals and fumes. Accomplished mechanics blend technical knowledge, manual dexterity and safety practices in order to maintain rewarding and successful careers.
Automotive mechanics can pull in a median salary of $35,790. Aside from experience, a major factor in determining earning capacity is education and certification in the industry. Many mechanics have busy schedules and other commitments that might keep them from attending conventional classes. Online programs offer a more flexible learning package where students can work at their own pace and whenever they have free time. Certification programs can often lead to pay increases as well as staying on top of industry trends. For those who are seriously considering advancement in the automotive mechanic industry, online training and programs are the most convenient way to to do so.
Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.
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New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical university offering over 50 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs. As a leader in technical career education in southern New England, New England Institute of Technology (also known as New England Tech or NEIT) is committed to providing hands-on technological programs that prepare graduates for positions of leadership in the technical, industrial, business, and allied health communities. Most of our associate degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor’s degree programs in as little as three years. Last year, over 3,000 students chose New England Tech for the hands-on laboratory and classroom training that provides the necessary skills to begin their technical careers.
New England Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).
- Hands-on Training
- Day or Evening Classes
- Financial Aid available for those who qualify / Ask about our Military and Veterans benefits
- Career Planning Assistance
- Housing Assistance
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- Non-repayable grants
- Work-study programs
- Student Loans
- Our own tuition payment plan
- Military and Veterans Benefits
New England Institute of Technology
One New England Tech Boulevard
- East Greenwich
- AS - Automotive Technology with High Performance
- AS - Marine Technology
- AS - Automotive Technology
- BS - Automotive Service Management