Top Schools for Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Training

Read about vehicle repair and maintenance training programs, often found at community and technical colleges. Learn about the program options at four noteworthy schools, and find a list of other colleges in the U.S. that provide training in vehicle repair and maintenance.

Vehicle repair and maintenance programs are available through state universities, community colleges and technical schools. They typically lead to a certificate or an associate's degree.

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Top schools that provide training in vehicle repair and maintenance or engine repair include Utah Valley University, Bismarck State College, Forsyth Technical Community College and Arapahoe Community, each of which awards a certificate and a diploma in a relevant training area. Of the four schools featured below, Bismarck State College and Arapahoe Community College are the only ones to offer programs accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), but they all provide comprehensive training in the field.

Utah Valley University in Orem, UT

School Highlight: Training in the automotive technology program will provide a foundation for basic skills which will allow graduates to adapt to changing technologies.

Students interested in vehicle repair and maintenance training can choose from a certificate, diploma or an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology program. An Associate of Science with a pre-major in automotive technology, as well as a bachelor's degree in technology management, are also available.

Bismarck State College in Bismarck, ND

School Highlight: Automotive technology instructors at the college have all acquired Automotive Service Excellence certification.

Bismarck State College offers NATEF-accredited programs in automotive technology that lead to a certificate, diploma or Associate of Applied Science. These programs prepare graduates for entry-level jobs as automotive technicians and are helpful in teaching farmers how to repair and maintain farm equipment.

Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC

School Highlight: The Certificate in Recreational Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology program is limited to 15 students each year.

Forsyth offers a certificate program in recreational vehicle maintenance and repair technology. Students can also pursue certificate and diploma programs in auto body repair that help them prepare for entry-level positions.

Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO

School Highlight: The school's automotive service technology program has four brand-specific tracks and one general automotive track.

At Arapahoe Community College, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service Technology, as well as related certificate programs. The associate's degree program consists of a mixture of classroom-based coursework, web-based training and hands-on experience. In addition, students must complete an apprenticeship. If they choose the general track, the apprenticeship can be with any dealership or repair shop. Students who choose a brand-specific track must find an apprenticeship with General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan or Honda.

Top Vehicle Repair and Maintenance Training Schools

These schools also offer strong training programs in vehicle repair and maintenance:

  • Black Hawk College in Moline, IL, offers an Automotive Repair Technology A.A.S.
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI, offers a 1-year technical diploma program.
  • Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs offers a Ford-specific program.
  • At Lansing Community College in Lansing, MI, automotive program courses are offered throughout the year.
  • Modesto Junior College in Modesto, CA, offers associate's and certificate programs.
  • Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, UT, offers various automotive degrees.

For students who want to learn to repair and maintain vehicles as a career, there are undergraduate-level programs available at schools across the country. Some allow students to focus their studies on particular brands, while others provide more general training.

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