Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Schools and Career Training Information

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Wisconsin

Automotive technology programs in Wisconsin help prepare students for jobs in the auto repair and maintenance field. Automotive technicians typically work for independent auto repair and maintenance shops, auto dealership service departments, or commercial fleet maintenance facilities. Their job responsibilities include the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of light trucks and cars. In some cases, auto techs may be required to interact with customers and perform administrative tasks. Graduates of automotive technology programs may also work as service advisors, sales representatives, supervisors, or maintenance facility managers.

Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Schools

Students interested in pursuing a formal education in automotive technology will find options available from Wisconsin schools. Here are six institutions that offer training in the field:

  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College: The automotive technology program at NWTC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in automotive technology, a two-year Automotive Technician technical diploma option, and a one-year Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma option.
  • Madison Area Technical College: The program at MATC offers both AAS and technical diploma tracks. The two-year AAS option is a comprehensive automotive technology program, while the technical diploma is a two-year program that focuses on automotive mechanical systems.
  • Northcentral Technical College: The automotive technology program at NTC also offers two choices of tracks, including an entry-level technical diploma option and an AAS option that has general education courses in its curriculum.
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College: WITC offers an Automotive Maintenance Technician certificate program at its Rice Lake and Superior campuses.
  • Gateway Technical College: The GTC automotive technology program, like most other Wisconsin schools on the list, offers a basic Automotive Maintenance Technician option and a comprehensive AAS degree program.
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College: The AAS program at Milwaukee Area Technical College offers students the chance to earn manufacturer credentials from Ford and Chrysler. The program also has an Automotive Maintenance Technician technical diploma option.

What to Expect from Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Programs

Comprehensive automotive technology programs instruct students in the repair and maintenance of all major automotive systems, including:

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

Along with classroom-based lessons, most programs include a hands-on training component, giving students the opportunity to work on actual vehicles or automotive systems. This training may take place at a campus garage or workshop, or even a local auto repair facility.

Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification

The state of Wisconsin does not require that auto technicians be licensed. However, some employers may require that job candidates hold a certificate, diploma, or degree in order to qualify for certain positions.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) administers a certification program for technicians. The Institute's ASE certifications require the successful completion of certification exams, and in order to sit for the exams, candidates must have a minimum level of job experience and technical training from an accredited program. Most automotive technology programs aim to prepare students to take ASE exams and become certified.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Wisconsin


  1. Automotive Technician, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, https://www.nwtc.edu/programs/fields-of-interest/transportation-distribution-and-logistics/facility-and-mobile-equipment-maintenance/automotive-technician
  2. Automotive Technician, Madison Area Technical College, https://www.nwtc.edu/programs/fields-of-interest/transportation-distribution-and-logistics/facility-and-mobile-equipment-maintenance/automotive-technician
  3. Automotive Technology, Northcentral Technical College, https://www.ntc.edu/programs-courses/all/associate-degrees/automotive-technology
  4. Automotive Maintenance Technician, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, http://www.witc.edu/pgmpages/autotech/
  5. Automotive Training Programs, Gateway Technical College, https://www.gtc.edu/programs/automotive-training-programs
  6. Automotive Technology, Milwaukee Area Technical College, http://www.matc.edu/tas/degrees/automotive-technology.cfm

Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Wisconsin are listed below.

Selected Auto Mechanic Schools in Wisconsin

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More Wisconsin Auto Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville Associate 2,283
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire Associate 5,998
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton Associate 7,624
Gateway Technical College Kenosha Associate 7,586
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland Associate 2,727
Madison Area Technical College Madison Associate 14,647
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids Associate 2,945
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Associate 17,193
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Associate 7,440
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander Associate 1,253
Northcentral Technical College Wausau Associate 3,729
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay Associate 8,105
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore Associate 2,549
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee Associate 7,419
Western Technical College Wisconsin La Crosse Associate 4,564
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake Associate 3,677

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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


Appleton 440 $37610 0.79
Fond du Lac 250 $34690 1.16
Green Bay 660 $39120 0.84
Janesville 360 $35150 1.26
Beloit 360 $35150 1.26
Eau Claire 390 $38050 1.06
Oshkosh 320 $36970 0.78
Neenah 320 $36970 0.78
Racine 460 $37010 1.33
Madison 1530 $36940 0.89
Milwaukee 3280 $39570 0.85
Waukesha 3280 $39570 0.85
West Allis 3280 $39570 0.85
Sheboygan 320 $37250 1.19
Wausau 320 $40210 1
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