Automotive Schools and Colleges

Automotive SchoolsLet one of these automotive schools transform you into one of the most highly skilled and useful people in the garage! Armed with formal automotive training, you can become a respected worker in a field that requires qualified technicians to keep up with interesting and challenging work environments.

The business of servicing cars and trucks is changing regularly as new models emerge and more sophisticated and complex technologies take hold. It's becoming more and more difficult to learn everything you need to know from on-the-job training alone, making automotive trade schools even more important.

You have the keys to a successful future at your fingertips. These automotive schools are eager to share additional details like how much it costs to attend and how soon you could be graduating after starting a program. Invite one of them to get in touch with you directly!

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Featured Schools

UEI College

  • Gardena, California
  • Automotive Technician

Porter and Chester Institute

  • Branford
  • Enfield
  • Rocky Hill
  • Stratford
  • Watertown
  • Canton
  • Chicopee
  • Woburn
  • Worcester
  • Automotive Technology

Career Technical College

  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer

Miami-Jacobs Career College

  • Troy, Ohio
  • Automotive Technology

Douglas Education Center

  • Monessen, Pennsylvania
  • Commercial Driver's License

Arizona Automotive Institute

  • Glendale, Arizona
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Diesel - Heavy Truck

Lincoln College of Technology

  • Denver, Colorado
  • West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Diesel Technology
  • Heavy Equipment

Lincoln Technical Institute

  • East Windsor, Connecticut
  • Mahwah, New Jersey
  • South Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Union, New Jersey
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Diesel Technology
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Motorcycle Technology

TCI - College of Technology

  • New York City, New York
  • Automotive Technology

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Automotive Service Technician

Advanced Technology Institute

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel/Heavy Vehicle Technology
  • Tractor-Trailer/Commercial Driving


  • Daytona, Florida
  • Laramie, Wyoming
  • Advanced Automotive/Diesel Combination
  • Applied Service Management
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision/Refinishing Technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Motorcycle Technology
    • Asian Concentration
    • European Concentration
    • Harley-Davidson Concentration
    • Off-Road Power Concentration
  • Motorsports Chassis Fabrication
  • Street Rod and Custom Fabrication
  • Trim and Upholstery

Vatterott Career College

  • Appling Farms, Tennessee
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Auto Body and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Repair Technician
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Powersports Equipment and Small Engine Mechanic

Vatterott College

  • Quincy
  • Des Moines
  • Wichita
  • Berkeley
  • Joplin
  • Kansas City
  • Springfield
  • St. Charles
  • Sunset Hills
  • Broadview Heights (Cleveland)
  • Oklahoma City
  • Tulsa
  • Auto Body and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Repair Technician
  • Automotive Technology
  • Commercial Driver's License
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Powersports Equipment and Small Engine Mechanic

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Motorcycle Technician Specialist

Universal Technical Institute

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair & Refinish Technology
  • Diesel & Industrial Technology
  • NASCAR Technician

IntelliTec Colleges

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Automotive Technician

New York Automotive & Diesel Institute

  • Jamaica, New York
  • Certified Automotive Technician
  • Certified Truck & Diesel Technician
  • Master Automotive & Diesel Technician
  • Master Certified Automotive Technician
  • Master Certified Collision Repair Technician
  • Master Truck & Diesel Technician

All-State Career School

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Lester, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Class A CDL Advanced Tractor Trailer Driving
  • Class A CDL Preparatory Driver Training
  • Class B CDL Driver Training

Penn Foster Career School

  • Online & Distance Learning
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Motorcycle Repair Technician

Automotive Training Center

  • Exton, Pennsylvania
  • Warminster, Pennsylvania
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive and Diesel Technology
  • Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology
  • Collision Reconditioning Technology
  • Marine Service Technology

Stratford Career Institute

  • Distance Learning
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Motorcycle/ATV Repair

Ashworth College

  • Online & Correspondence
  • Automotive Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanics

New England Institute of Technology

  • East Greenwich, Rhode Island
  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology
  • Automotive High Performance Technology
  • Automotive Service Management Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Marine Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an automotive technician / mechanic?

This is someone who works to repair and maintain vehicles, from small cars to large transports. They are trained to work on a variety of automotive systems and parts, and utilize many different tools.

Do I need a post-secondary education to become an auto mechanic?

In most cases, employers will require that you complete an apprenticeship or take a post-secondary program. Many vocational schools offer auto mechanic programs, and some may even include an apprenticeship or externship as part of the curriculum.

What will I learn at an automotive mechanic school?

Automotive student working in garageAutomotive schools will usually start off by providing you with a solid theoretical knowledge of automotive mechanics. You can do a lot of your learning in a hands-on environment, working on actual vehicles, repairing a variety of systems and parts, from brakes and exhaust to steering and suspension. And you can learn how to use a wide range of industry-related tools and equipment. Some schools can give you the opportunity to specialize in vehicles from a particular manufacturer.

Most programs end with an apprenticeship or externship, so you can put what you've learned to use and get real experience in the field.

How can I find automotive service technician schools in my area?

Our simple automotive schools zip code search feature is a great place to start researching the available programs and schools in your area.

How long does it take to complete an auto mechanic program?

Certificate or diploma programs from vocational schools usually take one to two years, or less. Colleges and universities can offer associate's degree programs that include general education courses, and may take up to four years to complete.

What is the difference between an auto mechanic and an auto body repair technician?

Automotive SchoolsA mechanic works to repair the inner parts and systems of a car, while an auto body repair technician handles exterior repairs, such as glass installation, frame repair, and paint refinishing.

Is certification necessary to becoming an automotive service technician?

Although certification isn't typically a legal requirement to work in this profession, it can lead to increased opportunities and larger salaries. Certification is available through national organizations, and some manufacturers may also offer specialized certification programs.

What career options will I have after graduating from an auto mechanic school?

An automotive trade school will let you learn to service all aspects of passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks, from transmissions to engines to brakes. This can make you capable of taking on positions in service bays, dealerships, and transport companies. Many automotive trade schools also let you test your skills through a real-world practicum before graduation. That kind of experience can help you make contacts within the industry.

What does an automotive mechanic do?

Automotive mechanicsThose employed in this field are responsible for inspecting, diagnosing, maintaining, and repairing vehicles. They handle everything from basic care maintenance, such as routine service inspections, to complex mechanical or electrical repairs, including integrated electronic systems.

How much is the average auto mechanic salary?

Wage estimate statistics from 2012 show that the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $36,610. The outlook for automotive jobs has also been classified as "bright."*

What's Next?

*The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), website last accessed on January 7, 2015.

Auto Alliance, website last accessed on January 7, 2015.

Auto Care Association, website last accessed on January 7, 2015.

Automotive Service Association, website last accessed on January 7, 2015.

The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA) , website last accessed on January 7, 2015.