Auto Mechanic Schools in Hawaii

Auto mechanics is a challenging field that requires learning the intricacies of mechanical and electrical/electronic systems. A person who is good with his or her hands and likes to figure out how things work may want to consider this line of work. But this is no longer a vocation that can be learned by working at a local garage just after high school. Cars are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and complex, and advanced courses are necessary for the automotive service technician to be qualified. In Hawaii, this training is offered at universities and community colleges on the different islands.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) makes sure that schools that offer vehicle maintenance and repair are up-to-date in their training programs. Technological advances have changed the makeup of the car and truck, and an auto technician and mechanic needs new knowledge to keep up with these changes.

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) was formed by ASE to examine and accredit school programs that meet modern requirements. NATEF accreditation shows that a school has the highest standards of training and qualifies its graduates to become certified by taking and passing the ASE certification examination.

In the list of schools below, the two Hawaii schools with NATEF accreditation are listed first.

How to Get Certified in Hawaii

Qualifying for an auto mechanic license in the state of Hawaii requires that the applicant take and pass the ASE examination for one or more of nine separate specialized areas. These areas are:

• Engine repair
• Automatic transmission/transaxle
• Manual drive train and axles
• Suspension and steering
• Brakes
• Electrical and electronic systems
• Engine performance
• Light vehicle diesel engine
• Heating and air conditioning

Before taking the test the applicant must have two years of experience; one year can be from the hands-on experience in school. Passing the test qualifies the person to become a certified automobile technician in that area. A Master Automobile Technician is someone who has passed the tests and received certificates for all nine areas; this achievement leads to higher positions and salary.

List of Elite Programs in Hawaii

Featured Program: Penn Foster Career School


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In the automotive program at Penn Foster Career School, there is a six month program. In these six months, rakes, steering, suspension, electronics and engine repair and performance are topics that are completely and thoroughly covered. Students earn student discounts with the Snap-on company, and work towards earning their ASE certification from the finest of instructors with the highest quality credentials. This path of schooling can afford you a wonderful education in the automotive industry and help you pursue a fun and lucrative career. Enroll today to begin your journey!

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Salaries for Auto Mechanic Jobs in Hawaii

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics {BLS), automotive service technicians and mechanics in Hawaii earned an average annual salary of $44,070 or an hourly wage of $21.19 in 2013. Hawaii is one of the states with the highest wages in this occupation. The corresponding national average was $39,450 and $18.97.

Nationally, the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $61,210, or $29.43 an hour, during the year 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,920, or $10.86 an hour.

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