Local trade schools and vocational technical colleges with accredited mechanic technology training programs such as:
- Vintage Auto Restoration
- Diesel & Big Rig Mechanic
- Auto Body Repair
- Marine Mechanic
- Motorcycle Mechanic
- Aircraft Mechanic
- Online Mechanic Tech
Use the program search application to find a college with the mechanic program you choose. Financial aid is available at most schools to those who qualify.
Mechanic Career Path
- If you’re still in high school, take all relevant trade, math and science courses!
- Earn high school diploma or GED.
- Take classes at an accredited trade school or community college.
- Earn your diploma or degree to become an automotive technician.
- Take further training in your specialty of choice
Trade Schools with Mechanic Technician Training
- Arizona Automotive Institute
- Porter & Chester Institute
- Pittsburgh Technical College
- MMI Marine Mechanic Training
- Charter College
- Baker College
- Universal Technical Institute
- NY Automotive & Diesel Institute
- Lincoln Tech
- Remington College
Mechanic School Costs
“There are a few different options for becoming a certified auto mechanic. They are either online, from a certificate program, or an associate’s degree program. After a certificate or diploma is received, there is the option to take the certification exam through the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (NIASE).
- Certificate: 6 mo – 2 yr – $5,000-$20,000
- Degree: 2 yr full time – $10,000-$25,000
Certificate Programs: These should include all the materials for the hands-on study portion including engines, transmission systems, and auto diagnosis, repair and maintenance courses. Expect additional fees for books, tools, lab fees and other miscellaneous items which can add between $1,000-$3,000 to the total.
Degree Programs: The major bulk of the cost should include all coursework, including the required general education courses along with the auto mechanics classes. If the degree program is at a university, expect an additional cost of $5,000-10,000 for room and board, plus similar fees as the certificate programs.”