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Finding an accredited auto mechanic school is easy. All you need to do is visit the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) website and use their search engine to find accredited programs in New York. The NATEF website allows you search for schools with specialties such as automobile, collision repair & refinish, and medium/heavy duty truck. Most training lasts between six months to a year but a 2 year associates degree is also an option. For students who already have full time jobs online training is also available.
How to Get Certified in New York City
Auto Mechanic certification is available in New York City through the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The ASE provides certificates and the NATEF as mentioned above handles the evaluation of colleges using standards developed by the United States automotive industry. They then recommend schools to the ASE that are deserving of accreditation.
Obtaining ASE Student Certification is the best first step a student can take towards advancing their career. The ASE certificate program is something that students should look into near graduation from their Auto Mechanic program.
In order to obtain certifications the student must pass an exam through the ASE which will be provided at their school through computer-based testing. Once the student passes the exam, the school will print a certificate which will be valid for two years from the date the test was taken. Tests are offered in the fall and spring.
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Salaries for Auto Mechanic Jobs in New York City
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the hourly mean wage for an auto mechanic in New York City is $19.15 and the annual mean wage is $39,820. This is slightly higher than the national mean hourly wage of $18.97 and the mean annual wage of $39,450.
List of Auto Mechanic Programs in New York City
There are 36 accredited auto mechanic programs in the state of New York. The program closest to New York City is Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Albany, New York. The school is located 150 miles (about two and a half hours) away from the city.
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