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Auto mechanics service and repair a wide variety of vehicles, including cars, light trucks, and buses. Training prepares them to complete any repair on any type of vehicle, but many choose to specialize.

Some auto technicians specialize in vehicle types, such as motorcycles, heavy equipment, or imports. Others choose to focus on a particular type of repair, such as transmission work or replacing braking systems. The career requires analytical thought processes and the desire to work with your hands.

Colorado Automotive Mechanic Schools

Most auto mechanics seek out some type of training or certification to help them get started in their career. Colorado offers automotive technical training at campuses across the state, including the following:

  • Pueblo Community College: Here they offer Automotive Service Technology programs with three different award levels: Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Certification, and Mini-Certification. Students learn general maintenance, diagnostics, and repair.

  • IntelliTec Colleges: They offer Automotive Technician Training in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Grand Junction. ASE Certified staff provides hands-on training in a real-world repair facility.

  • Aims Community College: This school in Greeley offers Automotive Service Technology and Automotive Collision Repair, providing hands-on training as well as teaching students about operations practices to prepare them for career success.

  • Red Rocks Community College: Located in Arvada, this college offers an Auto Collision, Customization, and Service Technology program through WarrenTech. Students may choose between degree or certification courses.

  • Lincoln Tech: In Denver, they offer Automotive Technician and Audi Career training programs. Students learn a variety of skills, including engine rebuild, diagnostics and repair, and how to perform basic maintenance.

What to Expect from Colorado Auto Mechanic Programs

Today's automobiles feature advanced technology and electronic systems, requiring auto mechanics with state-of-the-art skills. Colorado's auto mechanic programs teach students how to diagnose and repair these complex systems. Training includes:

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Brake system repair and replacement
  • Engine diagnostics and repair
  • Fuel and ignition systems repair
  • Manual and automatic transmission repair
  • Repair and replace transaxles
  • Steering and suspension repair
  • Working with electronic and electrical systems

Students may work to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. Alternatively, they may pursue certificates for a variety of specialties. This includes:

  • Brakes
  • Engine performance
  • Steering and suspension
  • Manual transmission and drive trains
  • Electrical

Colorado Auto Mechanic Certification and Licensing

The state of Colorado does not require a license for auto mechanics.

However, most top facilities only employ mechanics with ASE certification. To increase your marketability as a mechanic, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is highly recommended.

Those who service air conditioners may also need an EPA 608 Technician Certification to work with refrigerants.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Colorado

  • Visit the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence for ASE practice tests, study guides, testing tips, and more.
  • To work with refrigerants, you need EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.
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More Colorado Auto Mechanic Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Greeley
Associate
4,588
Littleton
Associate
6,538
Pueblo
Masters
5,908
Westminster
Associate
15,270
Grand Junction
Masters
6,199
Fort Morgan
Associate
1,748
Sterling
Associate
2,751
La Junta
Associate
1,558
Colorado Springs
Associate
11,407
Pueblo
Associate
5,063
Lakewood
Associate
7,223
Trinidad
Associate
1,760

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Colorado. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Fort Collins 780 $43,980
Grand Junction 370 $48,450
Greeley 600 $41,060
Boulder 670 $49,340
Colorado Springs 1580 $45,160
Denver 6360 $39,060
Aurora 6360 $39,060
Lakewood 6360 $39,060
Pueblo 330 $33,450

Sources:

  1. College Navigator, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=CO&p=47.0604+15.0803&l=91+92, accessed September 3, 2016
  2. Test Prep & Training, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, http://www.ase.com/Test-Prep-Training.aspx, accessed September 3, 2016
  3. Types of Section 608 Technician Certification, EPA US Environmental Protection Agency, https://www.epa.gov/section608/types-section-608-technician-certification, accessed September 3, 2016

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