Skilled Trades & Vocational
Automotive Repair Technician

Students enrolled in an Automotive Repair Technician program can expect to learn basic to advanced maintenance and repair techniques related to automotive engines, electrical systems, emissions, brakes, lighting, steering, and suspension. Skills and techniques in modern diagnostic and performance testing are also a vital part of any automotive repair technician program.

Types of Degrees

A career as an Automotive Repair Technician can typically be achieved without a bachelor's degree. The most vital facet to any program is for graduates to receive certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which typically requires a mix of classroom and hands-on learning. Such a certificate can usually be earned in as little as six months of study, but can take up to two years. Many programs combine online, classroom, and hands-on instruction.

Admission Requirements

Most Automotive Repair Technician programs will look for prospective students to demonstrate experience or knowledge in mechanics, though prior experience and knowledge are not always necessary. A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Degree or Certification

After graduation and receiving a certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, most people go on to become a professional automotive mechanic.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a mechanic was $42,090 in 2020 (1). Diesel service mechanics made a median salary of $48,500 in 2020 (2).

Note that the average salary varies widely depending on geographical location.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.