Automotive Machinist Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Automotive machinists repair and rebuild small and large internal combustion engines in cars. They also recondition engines and maintain automobile braking systems. Learn about how to select a machinist school, as well as the programs available in the field.

Certificates and associate's degree automotive machinist programs are available at many 2-year colleges around the country.

Schools with Automotive Machinist Programs

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer automotive machinist programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich, RI 4-year, Private Associate's $23,031
Weber State University Ogden, UT 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $5,321; Out-of-state $14,235
Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL 4-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,282; Out-of-state $12,352
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $5,138; Out-of-state $11,055
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,153; Out-of-state $6,217
Shasta College Redding, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,183; Out-of-state $6,223
Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead, MS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,520; Out-of-state $4,128
Northwest Technical College Bemidji, MN 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $5,480

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are key things to consider when selecting an automotive machinist school.

  • Prior to choosing an automotive machinist school, individuals should determine whether the program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
  • Some programs, particularly certificate programs, require applicants to have work experience in an automotive shop or with engines.
  • Those seeking to gain an education in this field should also determine whether they would like to earn a certificate or associate's degree.
  • Program costs vary widely, based on whether the school is public or private, and whether the student is a local or in-state student.

Certificate of Completion - Automotive Machinist

These certificate programs consist of an average of 25 credit hours. Instructors teach the majority of coursework through labs, providing students with hands-on experience. Students are required to complete an internship.

Associate's Degree in Automotive Machinery or Technology

Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science provide instruction in automotive shop management, along with automotive repair. Students are required to complete an internship with a local repair shop.

Many colleges offer programs for aspiring automotive machinists. It is possible to earn a certificate or associate's degree in this field to prepare to pursue an automotive machinist career.


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