Michigan Auto Mechanic Schools and Career Training Information

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Michigan

Automotive technology programs help prepare students for careers in auto repair facilities, dealership service departments, or corporate maintenance facilities. Job responsibilities for service technicians typically include the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of cars and light trucks. In Michigan, these professionals must be certified by the state in order to perform automotive diagnostic and repair work. Fortunately, most automotive technology programs are designed to prepare students for the appropriate certification exams.

Michigan Auto Mechanic Schools

Students in Michigan have a number of options to choose from when it comes to pursuing a formal education in automotive technology. The following is a list of schools that offer training programs in the field:

  • Northwestern Michigan College: The Master Automotive Technician program at NWMC aims to prepare students for ASE and Michigan master technician certification exams in eight areas of concentration. The program typically takes four semesters to complete over the course of two years.
  • Macomb Community College: The automotive technology program at MCC culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are also offered options for transferring into four-year technical degree programs at other colleges and universities in Michigan.
  • Kirtland Community College: Kirtland College offers associate degree programs in both Automotive Technology and Automotive Management. The school also has certificate programs in Automotive Master Technician and Automotive Diesel Service Specialist.
  • Henry Ford College: HFCC offers an AAS degree program that includes both automotive technology coursework and general education requirements.
  • Ferris State University: Ferris State offers an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service Technology. The school also has supplementary certificate programs in Performance Motorsports and Performance Machining. Graduates of the program have the option of continuing to a four-year bachelor's program in Automotive Engineering Technology, Automotive Management, or Technical Education.
  • Washtenaw Community College: WCC offers an Automotive Services Technician certificate program. It is designed to prepare students for ASE certification exams or State of Michigan mechanic certification.
  • Grand Rapids Community College: The AAS program at GRCC aims to both prepare students to work in the field and successfully complete ASE or Michigan certification exams.

What to Expect from Michigan Auto Mechanic Programs

Generally speaking, automotive technology programs instruct students in the maintenance and repair of major automotive systems. Areas of focus typically include:

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

Along with classroom-based lessons, students should expect to participate in hands-on training exercises, which involve working on actual vehicles or automotive systems. Some schools even offer students the chance to take on internships at local auto body shops, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience while they finish their studies.

Michigan Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification

Employees of automotive service facilities in Michigan must be properly certified for the types of diagnostic and repair work they do. The state administers mechanic certification exams that, when successfully completed, allow service technicians to perform the covered types of work in the state.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence also administers certification for technicians. Known as ASE certifications, some of these credentials may stand in for Michigan state certifications, but not all ASE certifications are directly transferable. The conversion table linked to below outlines which ASE certifications are recognized by Michigan as comparable to their state-issued credentials.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Michigan


  1. Master Automotive Technician, Northwestern Michigan College, https://www.nmc.edu/programs/academic-programs/automotive-master-automotive-technician/index.html
  2. Automotive Technology, Macomb Community College, http://www.macomb.edu/future-students/choose-program/automotive-technology/index.html
  3. Automotive Technology Degrees, Kirkland Community College, http://www.kirtland.edu/programs-we-offer/automotive-technology-degrees
  4. Automotive Technology, Henry Ford College, https://www.hfcc.edu/catalog/programs/2563
  5. Automotive Service Technology, Ferris State University, http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/technolo/auto-heet/aucv/homepage.htm
  6. Automotive Services Technician, Washtenaw Community College, http://www.wccnet.edu/academics/programs/view/program/CTASVT/
  7. Automotive, Grand Rapids Community College, http://www.grcc.edu/automotive

Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Michigan are listed below.

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More Michigan Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Alpena Community College Alpena Associate 2,058
Andrews University Berrien Springs Doctorate & First Professional 3,221
Bay de Noc Community College Escanaba Associate 2,203
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant Doctorate 26,611
Delta College University Center Associate 10,406
Ferris State University Big Rapids Doctorate 13,087
Glen Oaks Community College Centreville Associate 1,383
Gogebic Community College Ironwood Associate 975
Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids Associate 15,212
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn Associate 13,983
Josephs College of Beauty Jackson Associate 6,173
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo Associate 11,113
Kirtland Community College Roscommon Associate 1,897
Lansing Community College Lansing Associate 19,465
Macomb Community College Warren Associate 22,081
Mid Michigan Community College Harrison Associate 3,918
Monroe County Community College Monroe Associate 4,433
Montcalm Community College Sidney Associate 2,717
Mott Community College Flint Associate 10,455
Muskegon Community College Muskegon Associate 4,711
Northern Michigan University Marquette Masters 9,358
Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City Associate 4,499
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills Associate 24,532
Siena Heights University Adrian Masters 2,161
Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac Associate 2,494
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor Associate 12,068
Wayne County Community College District Detroit Associate 20,504

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Michigan. 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


Ann Arbor 960 $57400 0.99
Battle Creek 280 $31860 1.08
Bay City 130 $36290 0.8
Flint 830 $30920 1.35
Grand Rapids 2780 $38680 1.15
Wyoming 2780 $38680 1.15
Jackson 230 $35080 0.84
Detroit 9280 $39260 1.06
Warren 9280 $39260 1.06
Dearborn 9280 $39260 1.06
Saginaw 560 $30880 1.44
Lansing 810 $42920 0.85
East Lansing 810 $42920 0.85
Kalamazoo 720 $35060 1.15
Portage 720 $35060 1.15
Midland 160 $28050 0.95
Monroe 190 $31410 1.08
Muskegon 440 $26760 1.52
Niles 330 $40160 1.2
Benton Harbor 330 $40160 1.2
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