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.

Schools in California

Mechanic Jobs in California


Projected Job Growth

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 differnet 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

Directory of California Schools

Featured Trade Schools in California

UTI - Mechanic Schools in California

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

De Anza Colege
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
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
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 TechnologyView School
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 TechnologyView School
San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology
Welding Technology
View School
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
Automotive Technology
Diesel Mechanics Technology
Welding Technology
View School
Cuesta College
Multiple CampusesAuto Body Technician
Automotive Technology
Welding Technology
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Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Automotive TechnologyView School
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Automotive TechnologyView School
Fullerton College
321 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Automotive TechnologyView School
Hartnell College
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Automotive Technology
Advanced Diesel Technology
View School
Merced College
3600 M Street
Merced, CA 95348
Automotive Technology
Master Auto Technology
Diesel Equipment Technology
View School
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
View School
UEI College
Multiple CampusesAutomotive TechnicianView School
San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology
View School
Center for Employment Training
1099 N. Pepper Avenue
Colton, CA 92324
Automotive Specialist
Welding Technology
View School
College of the Canyons
Multiple CampusesAutomotive TechnologyView School
BMW Training Center
1175 Dupont Rd.
Ontario, CA 91761
BMW STEP: AutomotiveView School
BMW of North America
5650 Arcturus Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93033
BMW STEP: Body & PaintView School

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 school6/6/2019
Mike Rowe Work Ethic ScholarshipNationwideFull-Tuition paid for eligible students2019 closed
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 scholarships2019 closed
Berto Diaz Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for Mechanical Engineering Students2019 closed
BMW/SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $6,000 paid annually in $1,500 increments2019 closed
Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Foundation ScholarshipNationwideUp to $400 for eligible students4/15/2020
GMiS Scholars ProgramNationwideVarious, for underrepresented students in tech2019 closed
SMA Native American STEM ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,500, for Native American STEM students6/19/2019
Two Ten Higher Education ScholarshipsNationwideUp to $4,000 for students with 2 years of personal or parents experience in footwear industry2019 closed
Viceroy Auto Trans ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible students2019 closed
Automotive Hall of Fame Educational FundNationwideUp to $2,000 for eligible students6/30/2019
Clunker Junker Cash for Cars and College ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible female studentsVaries
SEMA Memorial Scholarship FundNationwideUp to $5,000 for eligible students3/1/2020
Edward D. Hendrickson/SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $4,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,000 increments for four years12/15/2019
TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical ScholarshipNationwideUp to $6,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,500 increments for four years12/15/2019
Fred M. Young Sr./SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $4,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,000 increments for four years12/15/2019
Tau Beta Pi/SAE Engineering ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible students12/15/2019
Yanmar/SAE ScholarshipNationwideUp to $1,000 for eligible students4/1/2020
Horatio Alger Association CTE ScholarshipsNationwideUp to $2,500 for eligible students6/15 each year
AmericanMuscle Automotive ScholarshipNationwideUp to $2,000 for eligible students6/15 & 10/15 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 for2019 closed
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 students3/1/2020
Betty and Melvin Cohn Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Community FoundationPalomar CollegeUp to $1,500 for eligible students3/1/2020
President's Associates Career Technical ProgramPalomar CollegeUp to $1,000 for eligible students3/1/2020