Automotive Mechanic Schools and Training Programs in North Carolina

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in North Carolina

Automotive service technicians and mechanics can take on a number of roles which involve repairing, maintaining and inspecting cars and small trucks. Even though this may include working with traditional mechanical systems, such as transmissions, drive belts and engines; electronic systems are also becoming a predominant part of the career too. And while there's no one path to becoming an auto mechanic, most professionals start out with some kind of training at a technical program or trade school.

North Carolina Auto Mechanic Schools

There are a number of schools in North Carolina that can provide you with the relevant education you need in order to pursue a career as an automotive mechanic, whether it's a certification or an associate degree. A few popular examples include:

  • Universal Technical Institute - This is a specialist technician training school for the transportation industry with a variety of programs on offer. These include marine technician training, motorcycle technician training, auto body training and auto technician training. You can even prepare for a career in NASCAR.
  • Pitt Community College - Established in 1961, Pitt Community College offers over 60 programs, awarding certificates, diplomas and degrees to its students. Annually, they serve over 23,000 non-credit and credit students.
  • McDowell Technical Community College - Located in Marion, North Carolina, this college was founded in 1964 and is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. They provide education and development in a number of areas.
  • Forsyth Technical Community College - As North Carolina's fifth-largest community college, they serve over 35,000 students and provide vocational training and instruction in a number of trades, as well as continuing education, corporate training and two-year degree programs.
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College - Providing over 200 programs that award associate diplomas, certificates or degrees, FTCC also enable students to earn their education from home, with many of their courses being available online.
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute - CCC&TI opened their doors in 1964 and have expanded to provide nearly 100 programs that have been designed to fit in with your lifestyle with online courses and day and evening courses on offer.

What to Expect from North Carolina Auto Mechanic Programs

When you prepare for your career at an auto mechanic school in North Carolina, you can expect to learn a wide variety of hands-on skills. Your training will cover a range of things, including:

  • Identifying any problems
  • Testing systems and parts
  • Assembling and dissecting transaxles, transmissions and engines
  • Performing basic maintenance and care
  • Replacing worn parts
  • Perform repairs to various standards
  • Communicating effectively with your customers

Your time at the school may also alternate between being full-time in the classroom to working full-time in a service shop.

North Carolina Auto Mechanic License

All auto mechanics working in North Carolina generally require a certificate from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This is available in a number of different specialist areas, including suspension and steering, manual drive train and axles, heating and air-conditioning, engine repair, engine performance, electronic systems, light vehicle diesel engines, brakes and automatic transmission.

In order to achieve this certification, you'll need to pass an exam and have at least 2 years of experience (or a year of experience alongside relevant schooling). Those who are able to achieve a certificate in all of the above areas (a certification in light vehicle diesel engines isn't required) may also be able to earn the status of an ASE Master Technician.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in North Carolina


  1. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service -- and-metechnicianschanics.htm, accessed September 9, 2016
  2. National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Improving Programs Through Accreditation, http://www.natef.org/NATEF-and-You/Students-Parents/Find-Accredited-Schools.aspx, accessed September 9, 2016
  3. O*NET OnLine Summary Report for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3023.00, accessed September 9, 2016

Schools for Automotive Mechanics in North Carolina are listed below.

Selected Auto Mechanic Schools in North Carolina

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More North Carolina Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Alamance Community College Graham Associate 3,925
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville Associate 6,408
Beaufort County Community College Washington Associate 1,476
Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock Flat Rock Associate 1,968
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson Associate 3,728
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington Associate 7,570
Catawba Valley Community College Hickory Associate 4,765
Central Carolina Community College Sanford Associate 4,603
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte Associate 18,052
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville Associate 4,349
Craven Community College New Bern Associate 3,032
Davidson County Community College Thomasville Associate 3,399
Durham Technical Community College Durham Associate 5,170
Edgecombe Community College Tarboro Associate 1,687
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville Associate 9,063
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem Associate 7,276
Gaston College Dallas Associate 5,718
Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown Associate 10,571
Halifax Community College Weldon Associate 1,142
Haywood Community College Clyde Associate 2,127
James Sprunt Community College Kenansville Associate 1,118
Lenoir Community College Kinston Associate 2,733
Martin Community College Williamston Associate 755
McDowell Technical Community College Marion Associate 1,134
Pitt Community College Winterville Associate 6,499
Randolph Community College Asheboro Associate 2,521
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury Associate 5,158
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst Associate 3,826
Southwestern Community College Sylva Sylva Associate 2,040
Surry Community College Dobson Associate 3,201
Tri-County Community College Murphy Associate 1,079
Vance-Granville Community College Henderson Associate 4,135
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh Associate 12,238
Wayne Community College Goldsboro Associate 2,988
Wilkes Community College Wilkesboro Associate 2,476
Wilson Community College Wilson Associate 1,642

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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

North Carolina

Asheville 1050 $35600 1.26
Fayetteville 980 $31990 1.7
Goldsboro 320 $29670 1.71
Greensboro 1660 $38150 1.02
High Point 1660 $38150 1.02
Greenville 400 $35610 1.17
Hickory 600 $31520 0.88
Lenoir 600 $31520 0.88
Morganton 600 $31520 0.88
Jacksonville 380 $39540 1.8
Burlington 530 $34400 1.99
Durham 1140 $36800 0.86
Chapel Hill 1140 $36800 0.86
Raleigh 2690 $40100 1.03
Rocky Mount 360 $29260 1.41
New Bern 180 $39310 0.89
Wilmington 610 $40490 1.09
Winston 1270 $34820 1.06
Salem 1270 $34820 1.06
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