Automotive Mechanic Schools and Programs in Texas

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Texas

Auto mechanics are needed to carry out inspections, maintenance and repairs on small trucks and cars, assisting customers with everything from engines to brakes. This work often involves using traditional systems but a large part of this role now involves working with electronic systems. Typically, in order to pursue a career as an automotive service technician, you will need to have been trained in both traditional and modern mechanical systems.

Texas Auto Mechanic Schools

To become an auto mechanic, you may need to have the relevant experience and education in this field. There are a number of auto mechanic schools in Texas that can provide you with this, and these include:

  • Texas State Technical College - Established over 50 years ago, TSTC provide a wide range of programs for students, including automotive technology and auto collision technology.
  • Universal Technical Institute - UTI specializes in diploma programs and undergraduate degrees for those seeking a career as a marine, motorcycle, collision repair, diesel or automotive repair technician.
  • Lincoln College of Technology - Located at their Grand Prairie campus, Lincoln Tech provide hands-on career training which is carried out by ASE-certified trainers.
  • Western Technical College - Accredited by the Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Western Technical College was founded in 1970. Today, they offer a wide range of programs that combine hands-on experiences, classroom work and career development that is industry-specific.
  • South Texas College - Offering over 100 programs in 5 locations across Texas, South Texas College in the largest higher-education facility in San Antonio.
  • Laredo Community College South - Founded in 1947, LCC is Laredo's oldest institute of higher education. They provide vocational, technical and academic programs, serving more than 12,000 students per year.
  • Austin Community College - Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC), ACC offer certificates and degrees in more than 100 different subject areas.

What to Expect from Texas Auto Mechanic Programs

Gaining an education at an auto mechanic school in Texas can provide you with all of the necessary skills and knowledge you need to pursue your career. During the program, you may find out how to:

  • Test systems and parts
  • Identify problems
  • Perform repairs to manufacturers' standards
  • Replace worn parts
  • Perform basic maintenance
  • Dissect and assemble engines, transmissions and transaxles
  • Use electronic diagnostic equipment

This often involves being in a classroom environment as well as gaining a hands-on experience in a service shop.

Texas Auto Mechanic License

It is a general requirement for all auto mechanics practicing in Texas to have obtained the relevant certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Here, you are able to choose an area that you want to specialize in, which could be automatic transmission, suspension and steering or engine performance, for example.

To be presented with one of these certificates, you will need to pass an exam and you will be required to have at least 2 years' work experience. Alternatively, you may be accepted if you've had a year's worth of work experience and you've received education in a relevant subject. Those who then wish to become an ASE Master Technician will be required to undergo all for the certificates offered, except for the light vehicle diesel engines.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Texas


  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, 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 Texas are listed below.

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More Texas Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Alvin Community College Alvin Associate 4,169
Amarillo College Amarillo Associate 10,387
Angelina College Lufkin Associate 4,677
Austin Community College District Austin Associate 33,508
Brazosport College Lake Jackson Bachelor 3,753
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch Associate 11,059
Cedar Valley College Lancaster Associate 4,834
Central Texas College Killeen Associate 21,532
Cisco College Cisco Associate 3,365
Coastal Bend College Beeville Associate 3,196
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Associate 11,167
Eastfield College Mesquite Associate 10,653
El Paso Community College El Paso Associate 25,023
Hill College Hillsboro Associate 3,556
Houston Community College Houston Associate 43,518
Kilgore College Kilgore Associate 5,150
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Port Arthur Associate 2,325
Laredo Community College Laredo Associate 7,831
Lee College Baytown Associate 5,856
Lone Star College System The Woodlands Associate 39,756
Midland College Midland Bachelor 5,739
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant Associate 1,010
Odessa College Odessa Associate 4,580
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Associate 23,805
South Plains College Levelland Associate 6,602
South Texas College McAllen Bachelor 19,827
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf Big Spring Associate 119
Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde Associate 4,716
St Philips College San Antonio Associate 9,256
Tarrant County College Fort Worth Associate 37,948
Texarkana College Texarkana Associate 4,439
Texas State Technical College Harlingen Harlingen Associate 4,957
Texas State Technical College Waco Waco Associate 4,210
Texas State Technical College-West Texas Sweetwater Associate 1,639
Trinity Valley Community College Athens Associate 5,046
Tyler Junior College Tyler Associate 8,217
Vernon College Vernon Associate 2,808
Western Technical College Main Campus El Paso El Paso Associate 887
Wharton County Junior College Wharton Associate 5,892

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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


Abilene 360 $39860 1.19
Amarillo 470 $40350 0.89
Austin 3530 $39190 0.82
Round Rock 3530 $39190 0.82
Houston 11280 $40820 0.83
The Woodlands 11280 $40820 0.83
Sugar Land 11280 $40820 0.83
Brownsville 430 $23970 0.68
Harlingen 430 $23970 0.68
Beaumont 920 $44430 1.21
Port Arthur 920 $44430 1.21
College Station 570 $38350 1.23
Bryan 570 $38350 1.23
Corpus Christi 710 $31010 0.81
Dallas 11660 $40580 0.76
Fort Worth 11660 $40580 0.76
Arlington 11660 $40580 0.76
El Paso 1460 $32440 1.09
San Angelo 280 $38890 1.28
San Antonio 3720 $38800 0.85
New Braunfels 3720 $38800 0.85
Laredo 400 $30770 0.91
Longview 480 $37530 1.05
Lubbock 780 $41520 1.23
McAllen 1160 $28360 1.03
Edinburg 1160 $28360 1.03
Mission 1160 $28360 1.03
Midland 380 $52150 0.89
Killeen 0 $36620 0
Temple 0 $36620 0
Odessa 410 $37690 1.16
Sherman 300 $35140 1.5
Denison 300 $35140 1.5
Tyler 470 $37170 1.03
Victoria 210 $34750 1.06
Waco 490 $39630 0.97
Wichita Falls 420 $33830 1.59
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