Automotive Mechanic Schools and Programs in Oregon

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Oregon

Being an auto mechanic means repairing, inspecting and maintaining vehicles, including small trucks and cars. Traditional systems may be used to do this but it's becoming increasingly important for auto mechanics to also be able to use electronic systems that are needed for more modern vehicles. Those in Oregon who wish to become auto mechanics may opt for a community college program or technical training program to help them prepare for entry into the industry.

Oregon Auto Mechanic Schools

There are a number of different educational routes to prepare for your career as an auto mechanic, including various programs that are available at auto mechanic schools in Oregon. Some of the schools offering relevant education programs include:

  • Central Oregon Community College - COCC offers a number of different programs, including industry-specific training programs, developmental courses, degrees and certificates.
  • Chemeketa Community College - There are a variety of courses on offer at Chemeketa Community College from agricultural sciences to industrial technologies.
  • Lane Community College - Founded in 1964, Lane provides a wide variety of programs with the courses being offered in several locations and with online courses also being available.
  • Linn-Benton Community College - Over 80 programs and certificates are offered at LBCC, including certificates, transfer degrees and associate degrees. They also boast small class sizes with a ratio of 21:1 students to instructors.
  • Mt. Hood Community College - There are over 120 technical and professional programs available at Mt. Hood Community College, alongside a number of other transfer possibilities.
  • Portland Community College - PCC is Oregon's largest institution for post-secondary education and serves nearly 90,000 part- and full-time students.
  • Umpqua Community College - Located in the North Umpqua River Valley, UCC provides community learning opportunities, workforce development and college degree programs across a broad range of subjects.

What to Expect from Oregon Auto Mechanic Programs

Auto mechanic schools in Oregon have programs that cover all of the basics needed to be a technician, including how to:

  • Perform repairs
  • Replace worn parts
  • Identify problems
  • Perform basic care and maintenance
  • Dissect and assemble various parts, including transaxles
  • Test parts and systems
  • Use electronical diagnostic systems

Many of these involve working full-time in the classroom before putting your newfound knowledge to the test in a working environment.

Oregon Auto Mechanic Certificate and License

A certification from the National Institute of Automatic Service Excellence may be required in order for you to work as an auto mechanic in Oregon. When undergoing this certificate, you can choose an area that you wish to specialize in, including engine performance, suspension and steering or air-conditioning and heating.

To be awarded this certification, you'll need to have 1 year of work experience along with the relevant schooling or 2 years of experience in a service shop. And, if you wish to become an ASE Master Technician, you'll need to obtain a certificate in each of the specialist areas bar vehicle diesel engines.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Oregon


  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 Oregon are listed below.

Selected Auto Mechanic Schools in Oregon

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More Oregon Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Central Oregon Community College Bend Associate 4,440
Chemeketa Community College Salem Associate 7,255
Clackamas Community College Oregon City Associate 6,613
Clatsop Community College Astoria Associate 1,262
Lane Community College Eugene Associate 8,618
Linn-Benton Community College Albany Associate 5,290
Mt Hood Community College Gresham Associate 7,588
Portland Community College Portland Associate 24,353
Rogue Community College Grants Pass Associate 4,398
Umpqua Community College Roseburg Associate 2,122

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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


Albany 220 $30000 1.15
Grants Pass 110 $36680 1.06
Bend 330 $40330 1.03
Redmond 330 $40330 1.03
Corvallis 130 $38690 0.79
Eugene 620 $38790 0.92
Salem 520 $38150 0.72
Medford 350 $36100 0.94
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