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

  • Bakersfield, California
  • Gardena, California
  • Automotive Technician

Lincoln Tech

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
And More!
  • Denver
  • East Windsor
  • Melrose Park
  • Indianapolis
  • Columbia
New Jersey
  • South Plainfield
  • Union
New York
  • Queens
  • Philadelphia
  • Nashville
  • Grand Prairie
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Diesel Technology
  • Heavy Equipment

J-Tech Institute

  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Technology

New England Institute of Technology

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

Pennco Tech

  • Blackwood, New Jersey
  • Bristol, Pennsylvania
  • Automotive Body & Paint Technician
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel/Truck Technology

Porter and Chester Institute

  • Branford
  • Enfield
  • Rocky Hill
  • Stratford
  • Waterbury
  • Canton
  • Chicopee
  • Worcester
  • Automotive Technology

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Diesel Heavy Truck

Southern Careers Institute

  • Pharr, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Auto Apprenticeship
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator (CDL)

Delta Technical College

  • Horn Lake, Mississippi
  • Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • CDL Training
  • Professional Truck Driving

Midwest Technical Institute

  • Springfield, Missouri
  • CDL Training
  • Professional Truck Driving

New England Tractor Trailer Training School

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Somers, Connecticut
  • North Andover, Massachusetts
  • Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Commercial Drivers License Training

Advanced Technology Institute

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Technology with Service Management
  • Diesel/Heavy Vehicle Technology
  • Diesel/Heavy Vehicle Technology with Service Management

Arizona Automotive Institute

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

Fortis Institute

  • Forty Fort, Pennsylvania
  • Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Advanced Tractor Trailer Driving
  • Commercial Truck Driver Training

Automotive Training Center

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

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

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

Universal Technical Institute

  • Avondale, Arizona
  • Long Beach, California
  • Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Lisle, Illinois
  • Norwood, Massachusetts
  • Mooresville, North Carolina
  • Exton, Pennsylvania
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair & Refinish Technology
  • Diesel & Industrial Technology
  • NASCAR Technician

All-State Career School

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

Penn Foster Career School

  • Online & Distance Learning
  • Auto Repair Technician
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Motorcycle Repair 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 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 search tool 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 2016 show that the median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $38,470. The outlook for automotive jobs has also been classified as "bright."*

What's Next?

*The Occupational Information Network (O*NET), website last accessed on July 19, 2017.

Auto Alliance, website last accessed on July 19, 2017.

Auto Care Association, website last accessed on July 19, 2017.

Automotive Service Association, website last accessed on July 19, 2017.

The Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA) , website last accessed on July 19, 2017.