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Wisconsin has several schools that offer certificates for technicians or Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS) in Automotive Technology. Several communities have technical colleges that offer a variety of certifications and degrees, such as Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. Frequently, students in Wisconsin earn their AAS while working in the industry.
How to Get Certified in Wisconsin
Although the state does not require special licensing for mechanics, customers often seek out accredited repair personnel. Some institutes collaborate with car manufacturers and offer specialized training and certification, such as BMW STEP, Daimler Chrysler CAP, Ford ASSET, GM ASEP, Toyota T-TEN and others.
According to the BLS May 2013 report, wages for auto repair and maintenance workers vary throughout the state. Here is a sampling of annual mean wages that the bureau collected, based on employer surveys:
Eau Claire: $33,430
Green Bay: $38,540
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan area: $42,540
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area: $33,940
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area: $33,940
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area: $34,280
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area: $29,780
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area: $34,570
The listed annual mean wages are an estimate of the typical wage in each area. Job applicants should survey several employers to learn what the high and low wages are. For example, the BLS reports that the low wage in Madison area is about $21,000 and the high is approximately $57,000. The Milwaukee area wages are between $22,000 and $66,000.
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