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Generally speaking, automotive technology programs help prepare students for jobs as auto mechanics or service technicians. These programs typically cover the basics of auto repair, maintenance, and diagnosis. Students who successfully complete this training often go on to work in auto repair shops, dealership service departments, or corporate fleet maintenance divisions.

New Mexico Auto Mechanic Schools

A number of schools in New Mexico have training programs for prospective auto mechanics. Here are seven institutions that offer certificates or degrees in automotive technology:

  • Central New Mexico Community College: The automotive technology program at CNMCC, located in Albuquerque, offers three different program options. Certificate tracks include a one-term program in Automotive Service Fundamentals and a three-term certificate in Automotive Technology. A two-year program offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Transportation Technology with an automotive technology concentration.

  • IntelliTec College: The school's campus in Albuquerque offers an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in automotive technology that can be completed in 18 months.

  • New Mexico State University: NMSW offers a two-year AAS degree program in automotive technology through its Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces. The program is NATEF accredited and even has evening classes to accommodate working adult students.

  • New Mexico Junior College: NMJC in Hobbs offers an AAS degree program in automotive technology, as well as a certificate program that can be completed with or without the addition of an off-site co-op work component.

  • Eastern New Mexico University Roswell: ENMUR offers both a certificate program and an AAS degree program. Both of the programs are fully accredited by NATEF.

  • Santa Fe Community College: SFCC offers ASE certification programs in seven different areas of specialization. The areas of concentration include automotive engine repair, steering and suspension, manual transmission and drivetrain, automatic transmission transaxle, automotive heating and air conditioning, brakes, and auto maintenance and light truck repair.

  • University of New Mexico Gallup: UNM Gallup offers a five-term AAS program in automotive technology.

What to Expect from New Mexico Auto Mechanic Programs

While enrolled in an automotive technology program, students can expect to learn how to maintain and repair all major automotive systems, including:

  • Engines
  • Transmissions
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering
  • Electronics and electrical systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Air conditioning and heating systems
  • Safety systems

Other topics commonly covered in these programs include customer service skills and safety procedures and regulations. Most programs split instruction between classroom-based lessons and hands-on training exercises. The hands-on component may take place at a campus workshop or even a local auto repair facility,

New Mexico Auto Mechanic Licensing and Certification

There is no licensing requirements for auto techs in New Mexico, however some employers may require job candidates to hold a degree or certificate in automotive technology.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence accredits automotive technology programs through its National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The Institute's ASE Certifications for auto techs are available to experienced professionals who pass ASE certification exams. To qualify to take ASE exams and attempt certification, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience or a combination of one year on-the-job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in New Mexico

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More New Mexico Auto Mechanic Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Albuquerque
Associate
22,759
Clovis
Associate
3,706
Roswell
Associate
3,917
Las Vegas
Associate
2,112
Tucumcari
Associate
635
Crownpoint
Associate
367
Hobbs
Associate
3,001
Las Cruces
Associate
7,803
Grants
Associate
798
Espanola
Bachelor
2,237
Farmington
Associate
6,991
Gallup
Associate
2,636
Silver City
Masters
2,697

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New Mexico. 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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 2060 $39,990
Farmington 370 $36,130
Las Cruces 450 $32,600
Santa Fe 300 $39,020

Sources:

  1. Automotive Technology, Central New Mexico Community College, https://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/all-programs-a-z/automotive-technology
  2. Automotive Technician Training, IntelliTec College, http://www.intelliteccollege.com/career-training-programs/technical-trades/automotive-technician.php
  3. Automotive Technology, New Mexico State University, https://dacc.nmsu.edu/auto/
  4. Automotive Technology, New Mexico Junior College, http://www.nmjc.edu/academics/programs/automotive.asp
  5. Automotive Technology, Eastern New Mexico University Roswell, http://www.roswell.enmu.edu/areas-of-study/career-and-technical-education/automotive-technology
  6. Automotive Technology, Santa Fe Community College, https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/automotive-technology/
  7. AAS Auto Technology, University of New Mexico Gallup, http://www.gallup.unm.edu/autotech

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