Massachusetts Auto Mechanic Schools and Career Training Information

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Massachusetts

Graduates of automotive technology programs typically go on to work as service technicians, mechanics, or service advisors in auto repair and maintenance facilities, such as independent service shops, dealership service departments, or corporate fleet-maintenance facilities. Their job responsibilities most often include diagnosing and repairing vehicular problems and completing preventive maintenance. In some cases, service techs may also be expected to interact with customers and perform administrative functions.

Massachusetts Auto Mechanic Schools

Students in Massachusetts have several options when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. The following is a list of schools that offer training in the field:

  • MassBay Community College: The automotive technology program at MassBay Community College offers both associate degree and certificate options. The Associate of Applied Science programs work in partnership with manufacturers such as BMW, Toyota, General Motors, and Chrysler to prepare students to work in those manufacturers' dealerships. The certificate tracks are geared toward providing general instruction in concentration areas such as drive systems, engine performance, and undercarriage repair.
  • Porter and Chester Institute: Porter and Chester's four locations in Massachusetts provide students with general background in automotive technology to help prepare them for work in auto repair facilities. The school's programs are designed to be completed in as little as one year.
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology: BFIT offers two different degree programs in automotive technology. The two-year Associate of Science in Automotive Technology helps prepare students to work as service technicians. The four-year Bachelor of Science in Automotive Management is for those interested in management careers at car dealerships or other companies in the automotive industry. The program also offers a one-year, eight-course Certificate of Proficiency track.
  • Quinsigamond Community College: The QCC program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree and helps prepare students for ASE Master Technician exams.
  • Springfield Technical Community College: STCC offers a one-year certificate track in automotive technology and a two-year AAS track, as well.

What to Expect from Massachusetts Auto Mechanic Programs

Automotive technology programs typically provide classroom-based and hands-on instruction in the major systems of contemporary vehicles, including how to maintain and repair the following:

  • Engines
  • Transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Electronics/electrical systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Safety equipment

Some certificate programs may focus on one or more major areas of concentration, or even be geared toward a specific vehicle manufacturer. Schools sometimes offer internship opportunities at local auto shops, allowing students to gain valuable job experience while applying what they have learned in the program to real-life scenarios.

Massachusetts Auto Mechanic Certification

Automotive technicians in Massachusetts do not need a professional license to work in the state. However, some employers may prefer to hire candidates who hold a certificate or degree in the field.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers an industry-standard credential known as ASE Certification. In order to qualify for the ASE exam, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year of job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program. Programs accredited by ASE's National Automotive Technician Education Foundation typically aim to prepare students for the ASE certification exam.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Massachusetts


  1. Automotive Technology, MassBay Community College, http://www.massbay.edu/Contact-and-Directions/Automotive-Technology-Center.aspx
  2. Automotive Technology, Porter and Chester Institute, https://www.porterchester.com/career-programs/automotive-technology-program
  3. Automotive Technology, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, http://www.bfit.edu/academics/our-majors/automotive-technology
  4. Automotive Technology, Quinsigamond Community College, http://www.qcc.edu/academics/installation-maintenance-and-repair-technology/automotive-technology
  5. Automotive Technology, Springfield Technical Community College, http://catalog.stcc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=17&poid=3943&returnto=3440

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More Massachusetts Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston Bachelor 513
Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills Associate 5,018
Middlesex Community College Bedford Bedford Associate 8,124
Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner Associate 4,147
Quinsigamond Community College Worcester Associate 6,654
Springfield Technical Community College Springfield Associate 6,074

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Massachusetts. 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, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Leominster 290 $34760 1.25
Gardner 290 $34760 1.25
New Bedford 240 $35870 0.81
Pittsfield 260 $45520 1.36
Barnstable Town 520 $44270 1.11
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