What Are the Most Prestigious Auto Mechanic Schools in the U.S.?

Read here for more information on some well-regarded schools for auto mechanics in the U.S., including what education is available for you at each institution. Get details about what you need in order to enroll and what you'll learn as an auto mechanic student. Schools offering Automobile Repair degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

School Overview

The following are three postsecondary auto mechanic schools, all of which have been certified by NATEF, the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Learn more about their programs below.

Important Facts About Auto Mechanic Schools

Prerequisites Valid driver's license, automotive skills tests, proof of insurability
Common Courses Alternative fuel systems
Automatic and manual drivetrains
Electrical and electronic systems
Heating and air conditioning
Suspension and steering systems
Specializations May include automotive restoration, collision repair, manufacturer training, motorcycle & powersports, racing & motorsports
Programs Emissions training, General Service Technician (GST), ASE Certification, automaker specific programs available
Possible Careers Automotive dealer technician, automotive detailer, service shop technician
Mean Annual Salary (2018)* $43,730 (Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 6% growth (Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Ohio Technical College: Cleveland, OH

Ohio Technical College in Cleveland has an Auto Mechanic school with NATEF certification. This school offers education in automobiles and medium and heavy trucks. Ohio Technical College's collision repair program is also certified in mechanical and electrical repair, painting and refinishing, and structural analysis. Tuition and fees for an 18-month program were estimated to be roughly $28,000 in 2019, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Piedmont Technical College: Greenwood, South Carolina

NATEF certifies the Auto Mechanic school at Piedmont Technical College; this college confers a basic or advanced Automotive Fundamentals Certificate. Unlike other Mechanic schools that emphasize certificate programs, it also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. Students can become ASE-certified auto technicians by taking the test from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The NCES reports that in-state tuition and fees for an undergraduate program were estimated at $5,200 in 2019.

Shoreline Community College: near Seattle, Washington

The NATEF-certified Auto Mechanic school at Shoreline Community College, in Shoreline, Washington, near Seattle, consists of several different departments grouped by car manufacturers. Shoreline Community College is recognized explicitly by the collegiate training programs of Chrysler, GM, Honda, and Toyota. Future Auto Mechanics can also enter a General Service Technician program. In-state tuition and fees for an undergraduate program were estimated at around $3,900 in 2019, per the NCES.

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