Mechanic Schools in California

Auto Mechanic Schools in California

With dozens of auto mechanic schools in California, the state can give anyone a start in the automotive field. The beautiful weather and abundance of large cities make it an excellent place to begin your career. With a wide range of automotive avenues combined with promising job growth, the demand for auto mechanics in California will increase for years to come.

List of Auto Mechanic Schools in California

  • Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA
  • BMW of North America, Oxnard, CA
  • BMW Training Center, Ontario, CA
  • Center for Employment Training, Colton, CA
  • Citrus College, Glendora, CA
  • College of the Canyons, CA
  • Cuesta College, CA
  • De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
  • East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA
  • Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
  • Hartnell College, Salinas, CA
  • Los Angeles Trade-Tech, Los Angeles, CA
  • Merced College, Merced, CA
  • Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
  • Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
  • San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino, CA
  • San Diego Miramar College, San Diego, CA
  • Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA
  • Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
  • UEI College, CA
  • Universal Technical Institute, CA
  • Ventura College, Ventura, CA

Working as an Auto Mechanic in California

California provides an immense amount of opportunity and stability for those looking to become a mechanic or technician. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) specified that the annual median wage for automotive technicians in California was $43,620 in 2017, with the top 10% earning around $73,360. California is also home to a wide variety of jobs in the automotive industry that makes it stand out among other states. There are currently 64,350 total auto mechanic jobs and 20,220 total diesel mechanic jobs across the state. Additionally, with a large driving population, there are plenty of body and collision repair jobs as well as glass installation positions.  Overall, the extensive amount of auto mechanic jobs and schools in California make it a great place to consider for anyone looking to get their career off the ground. As far as pay goes, the chart below shows the number of jobs, average hourly wage and average annual salary for different types of automotive specializations in California.

Job TypeTotal in CaliforniaAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics63,550$22.43$46,650
Automotive Body and Related Repairers13,710$22.67$47,150
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers1,230$20.04$41,670
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists20,590$25.38$52,780

Schools in California

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UTI - Mechanic Schools in California

Universal Technical Institute of California
Programs:
Automotive Engine Service and Repair (Certification)
Vehicle Electronic Systems and Technology (Certification)
Automotive Climate Control Systems and Repair (Certification)
and more…

De Anza Colege
Programs:
Advanced Engine Performance Technology
Automotive Chassis Technology
Automotive Machining and Engine Repair
Automotive Powertrain Technology
and more…

Citrus College- Mechanic Schools in California

Citrus College
Programs:
Automotive Technology (A.S.)
Medium and Heavy Diesel Truck Technology (A.S.)
Automotive Service, Diagnosis, and Repair (Certification)
and more…

Pasadena City College - Mechanic Schools in California

Pasadena City College
Programs:
Automatic Technology (A.S.)
All Automotive Systems (Certificaton)
Engine Performance Technician (Certification)
Powertrain Technician (Certification)
and more…

All Mechanic Schools in California

SchoolAddressProgramsMore Details
Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Road
Ventura, CA 93003
Automotive Technology

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Santa Ana College
1530 W 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology

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East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Automotive Technology

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San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology
Welding Technology

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Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
Automotive Technology
Diesel Mechanics Technology
Welding Technology

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Cuesta College
Multiple CampusesAuto Body Technician
Automotive Technology
Welding Technology

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Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Automotive Technology

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Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Automotive Technology

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Fullerton College
321 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Automotive Technology

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Hartnell College
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Automotive Technology
Advanced Diesel Technology

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Merced College
3600 M Street
Merced, CA 95348
Automotive Technology
Master Auto Technology
Diesel Equipment Technology

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Los Angeles Trade-Tech
400 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Automotive Technology
Automotive Collision Repair
Diesel Technology
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technology
Motorcycle Repair Mechanic

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UEI College
Multiple CampusesAutomotive Technician

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San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology

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Center for Employment Training
1099 N. Pepper Avenue
Colton, CA 92324
Automotive Specialist
Welding Technology

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College of the Canyons
Multiple CampusesAutomotive Technology

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BMW Training Center
1175 Dupont Rd.
Ontario, CA 91761
BMW STEP: Automotive

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BMW of North America
5650 Arcturus Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93033
BMW STEP: Body & Paint

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Available Grants & Scholarships

Nationwide Scholarships and Grants

Automotive Scholarships and GrantsLocationDescriptionDeadline
Future Mechanic GrantNationwideUp to $1,000 for aspiring auto mechanics12/1/2019
Andrew Piech Memorial ScholarshipNationwideUp to $2,200 for graduates of New Mexico high schoolJune each year
Mike Rowe Work Ethic ScholarshipNationwideFull-Tuition paid for eligible studentsMarch each year
Federal Pell GrantsNationwideUp to $6,195, for low-income householdsVaries
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)NationwideVarious, for low-income householdsVaries
Automotive Aftermarket ScholarshipNationwideVarious, one application for many scholarshipsMarch each year
Berto Diaz Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for Mechanical Engineering StudentsJanuary each year
BMW/SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $6,000 paid annually in $1,500 incrementsMarch each year
Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Foundation ScholarshipNationwideUp to $400 for eligible studentsApril each year
GMiS Scholars ProgramNationwideVarious, for underrepresented students in techApril each year
SMA Native American STEM ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,500, for Native American STEM studentsJune each year
Viceroy Auto Trans ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible studentsMarch each year
Automotive Hall of Fame Educational FundNationwideUp to $2,000 for eligible studentsJune each year
Clunker Junker Cash for Cars and College ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible female studentsVaries
SEMA Memorial Scholarship FundNationwideUp to $5,000 for eligible studentsMarch each year
Edward D. Hendrickson/SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $4,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,000 increments for four yearsMarch each year
TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical ScholarshipNationwideUp to $6,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,500 increments for four yearsMarch each year
Fred M. Young Sr./SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $4,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,000 increments for four yearsMarch each year
Tau Beta Pi/SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible studentsMarch each year
Yanmar/SAE ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible studentsMarch each year
Horatio Alger Association CTE ScholarshipsNationwideUp to $2,500 for eligible studentsJune each year
AmericanMuscle Automotive ScholarshipNationwideUp to $2,000 for eligible studentsJune & October each year

California Specific Scholarships and Grants

Automotive Scholarships and GrantsLocationDescriptionDeadline
Friends of the California State Fair ScholarshipCaliforniaUp to $2,500, 25 different categories to apply forFebruary each year
Chafee GrantCaliforniaUp to $5,000, for former foster youthVaries
Cal GrantCaliforniaVarious amounts for qualifying H.S. seniors or recent gradsVaries
Universal Technical Institute ScholarshipsUniversal Technical InstituteMultiple ScholarshipsVaries
California College Promise GrantPasadena City CollegeFull tuition for eligible studentsVaries
Abako Foundation ScholarshipPalomar CollegeUp to $1,000 for eligible studentsMarch each year
Betty and Melvin Cohn Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Community FoundationPalomar CollegeUp to $1,500 for eligible studentsMarch each year
President's Associates Career Technical ProgramPalomar CollegeUp to $1,000 for eligible studentsMarch each year