Minnesota Auto Mechanic Schools and Career Training Information

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Minnesota

In most cases, automotive technology programs help prepare students for work as automotive technicians who maintain and repair cars and trucks. These programs typically include instruction in how to diagnose problems with vehicles and use the latest tools to fix those problems, as well as training covering all of a vehicle's basic systems. Automotive technicians often work in automotive repair facilities, but they may also maintain vehicle fleets in corporate or governmental settings.

Minnesota Auto Mechanic Schools

Several schools in Minnesota offer formal training in the field of automotive technology. Here is a list of institutions with education options for prospective auto mechanics:

  • Dunwoody College of Technology: This college, which is located in Minneapolis, offers programs in both automotive service and collision repair. The program works in collaboration with manufacturers such as Honda, Mopar, Toyota, and Subaru to provide brand-specific training.
  • Hennepin Technical College: Minneapolis' Hennepin Technical College offers training in diagnostics, maintenance, and repair of cars and light trucks. Its aim is to prepare students for a career as an automotive technician, and the curriculum includes coverage of power train, electrical, emissions, and all other primary systems.
  • Lake Superior College: Duluth's Lake Superior College offers a basic program in automotive maintenance that positions students for careers as automotive technicians. The program focuses on diagnostics, repair, and maintenance, as well as tools and environmental procedures.
  • Minnesota State College Southeast: This campus of MSC, located in Winona, offers a program in automotive technology, as well as a focused underbody specialist certificate. The programs are housed in a new facility which includes a state-of-the-art lab.
  • Newgate School: Located in Saint Paul, the Newgate School offers a 12-month-long program in basic auto mechanics. Curriculum includes training in basics of auto construction, tool usage, and diagnostic systems, along with basic instruction in the maintenance of all major vehicle systems.

What to Expect from Minnesota Auto Mechanic Programs

The goal of most automotive technology programs is to train students to diagnose, repair, and maintain all aspects of modern vehicular systems. Coursework typically covers the following areas:

  • Engine and power-generation systems
  • Transmission and drivetrain systems
  • Brake and suspension systems
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Emissions systems
  • Safety systems

In addition to classroom-based lessons, most programs contain a hands-on training component, giving students the opportunity to work on actual vehicles and automotive systems. These exercises may be completed at a school garage or even a local auto body shop. Some colleges also have internship programs with local service facilities, allowing students to gain valuable job experience while they finish their studies.

Minnesota Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification

Auto mechanics do not need a license to work in Minnesota. However, some employers may prefer to hire candidates who possess a degree in the field or have passed a certification exam.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers a certification credential, known simply as ASE Certification, that testifies to a mechanic's experience and skills in the field. Candidates for ASE Certification must have two years of on-the-job experience or a combination of one year field experience and a two-year degree from an automotive technology program. Many of Minnesota's automotive technology programs are geared toward preparing students to qualify for and be successful at the ASE Certification exams.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Minnesota


  1. Automotive, Dunwoody College of Technology, http://www.dunwoody.edu/automotive/
  2. Automotive Technology, Hennepin Technical College, https://www.hennepintech.edu/programs/overview/Automotive_Technology
  3. Auto Mechanic, Lake Superior College, https://degrees.lsc.edu/auto-mechanic/
  4. Automotive Technology, Minnesota State College Southeast, http://www.southeastmn.edu/academic_programs/_program/Default.aspx?pid=3
  5. Auto Mechanics Training, Newgate School, http://www.newgateschool.org/our-programs/auto-mechanics-training

Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Minnesota are listed below.

Selected Auto Mechanic Schools in Minnesota

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More Minnesota Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Anoka Technical College Anoka Associate 2,141
Central Lakes College-Brainerd Brainerd Associate 3,343
Century Community and Technical College White Bear Lake Associate 8,968
Dakota County Technical College Rosemount Associate 2,864
Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis Bachelor 1,571
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Associate 5,582
Hibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College Hibbing Associate 1,412
Lake Superior College Duluth Associate 4,990
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College Virginia Associate 1,411
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Winona Associate 2,010
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls Associate 6,164
Minnesota State University-Mankato Mankato Doctorate 14,515
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls Associate 2,943
Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls Associate 4,027
Northwest Technical College Bemidji Associate 1,226
Pine Technical College Pine City Associate 783
Ridgewater College Willmar Associate 4,177
Riverland Community College Austin Associate 3,687
Rochester Community and Technical College Rochester Associate 5,898
Saint Cloud Technical College Saint Cloud Associate 3,909
Saint Paul College Saint Paul Associate 4,990
South Central College North Mankato Associate 3,639

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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


Rochester 360 $42920 0.69
St. Cloud 660 $34150 1.42
Mankato 220 $43540 0.96
North Mankato 220 $43540 0.96
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