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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


Capitol City Trade & Technical School


Austin, Texas
  • Automotive Technician

WyoTech


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

WyoTech


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

Porter and Chester Institute

Connecticut
  • Branford
Massachusetts
  • 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

UEI College


Gardena, California
  • Automotive Technician

Advanced Technology Institute


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

Miller-Motte College

5 North Carolina Campus Locations
  • Fayetteville
  • Greenville
  • Jacksonville
  • Raleigh
  • Wilmington
  • CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer
  • Miami-Jacobs Career College


    Troy, Ohio
    • Automotive Technology

    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

    Miller-Motte Technical College


    Charleston, South Carolina
    Conway, South Carolina
    Clarksville, Tennessee
    Madison, Tennessee
    • CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer

    Motorcycle Mechanics Institute


    Phoenix, Arizona
    Orlando, Florida
    • Motorcycle Technician Specialist

    Vatterott College

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

    Berks Technical Institute


    Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
  • CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer
  • Career Technical College


    Shreveport, Louisiana
  • CDL Training: Class A Tractor Trailer
  • Penn Foster Career School


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

    Ashworth College


    Online & Correspondence
    • 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



    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.