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.

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.

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!

Featured Schools

UEI College

Gardena, California
  • Automotive Technician

Miami-Jacobs Career College

Troy, Ohio
  • Automotive Technology

Porter and Chester Institute

  • Branford
  • Canton
  • Chicopee
  • Westborough
  • Woburn
  • Automotive Technology

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

San Antonio, Texas
  • Automotive Service Technician

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

Arizona Automotive Institute

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

TCI - College of Technology

New York City, New York
  • Automotive Technology

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

Advanced Technology Institute

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


Daytona, Florida
  • Marine Technology
  • Motorcycle Technology
    • Asian Concentration
    • Harley-Davidson Concentration
    • European Concentration
    • Off-Road Power Concentration


Fremont, California
Long Beach, California
Laramie, Wyoming
  • Advanced Automotive Diagnostics
  • Advanced Automotive/Diesel Combination
  • Applied Service Management
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision/Refinishing Technology
  • Motorcycle Technology
  • Motorsports Chassis Fabrication
  • Street Rod and Custom Fabrication
  • Trim & Upholstery

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

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

IntelliTec Colleges

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Pueblo, 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

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

Phoenix, Arizona
Orlando, Florida
  • Motorcycle Technician Specialist

Vatterott College

  • Quincy
  • Des Moines
  • Wichita
  • Berkeley
  • Joplin
  • Kansas City
  • Springfield
  • St. Charles
  • Sunset Hills
  • Oklahoma City
  • Automotive Technology
  • Commercial Driver's License
  • Diesel Mechanic

Penn Foster Career School

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

Ashworth College

Online & Correspondence
  • Automotive Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanics

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

Vatterott Career College

Appling Farms, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Mechanic

Capitol City Trade & Technical School

Austin, Texas
  • Automotive Technician

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 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?

A 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?

Automotive service technicians and mechanics can find employment opportunities in lots of different settings, including automotive shops, garages, and dealerships.

What does an automotive mechanic do?

Those 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 Nov. 1, 2013.