Automotive and Mechanic Careers in New England

Thinking of pursuing an automotive mechanic career? There are lots of different opportunities to develop a natural mechanical skill or interest in automotive technology into a long-term path. From general automotive to specializations in diesel, motorcycle, or marine mechanics, there is a wide range of possibilities to think about when planning a career. Here are just some of the options you can consider for an automotive or manufacturing career in the New England area.

What does an auto mechanic do?

Auto technicians identify problems, plan repairs, and perform maintenance tasks, ensuring proper testing and process completion along the way. They also explain issues to customers, examine parts, and monitor electronic and computer systems. Mechanics may choose to specialize in areas such as diesel, motorcycle, or marine technology, performing similar tasks and executing maintenance and repair work on those types of vehicles and equipment.

How much does an automotive mechanic make?

According to May 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), auto techs and mechanics earn a national median wage of nearly $40,000 per year—with projected growth of 6% between 2016 and 2026. New Hampshire has the fourth highest concentration of such jobs, with nearly 6 jobs per 1,000 in the state in the automotive service industry. Connecticut is among the highest paying states, ranking fifth according to the BLS with an average annual salary of more than $48,000. Massachusetts automotive service technicians and mechanics earn over $45,000 per year. Automotive technician and mechanic jobs can be a great option for those who are mechanically inclined and interested in pursuing automotive training in the New England!

Where do automotive mechanics work?

Car dealers account for 31% of auto service technician and mechanic jobs, while 27% work in mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance and 9% work in parts, accessories, and tire stores—as recorded by the BLS. 13% are self-employed workers in the trade. Most, regardless of place of employment, work full time: standard business hours, nights, weekends, and overtime are all common. And with much of New England featuring coastline, you may also find increased opportunity for mechanic and manufacturing positions with marine specializations. Boats, ships, and other watercraft—even smaller vehicles, like personal or recreational watercraft—need maintenance and repair too.

Career training programs for automotive, motorcycle, diesel, and marine technicians (or other similar tracks) can be completed in as little as a year and typically include hands-on training specifically designed to prepare you for the certifications and skills you need to work in the industry.

IAF even has scholarship and award programs to help lower the cost of tuition when you enroll at our member institutions. Thousands of students receive the awards each year, helping them attend one of more than 400 partner campuses.

We’ve given more than 4,500 such awards to automotive students in the New England area alone. These scholarships and awards are designed to support recent high school graduates, adult learners, and current or honorably discharged military personnel. They provide a $1,000 discount on your tuition. Join Imagine America today and be matched with automotive schools that offer our scholarship and award programs!