Tech & Trade Schools in Colorado

Automotive Schools in Colorado

Colorado is a state that is held in high regard for the lifestyle, natural beauty and economic promise that it offers. It’s easy to see why. With four National Parks, four major sports teams, dozens of world-class outdoor activities, and a perhaps overestimated 300 days of sunshine, Colorado is a great place to live, work and play. For those looking to enter the automotive industry, this holds true. There are dozens of automotive schools in Colorado, ranging from tech and trade schools to community colleges to state universities. If you are looking for the education to start your career as a mechanic, technician, or specialize in diesel, large automobiles, motorcycles, glass or repair, Colorado has schools and programs that can get you there.

Mechanic Schools in Colorado

Mechanic Jobs in Colorado

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Projected Job Growth

Working as a Mechanic in Colorado

Mechanic Certification in Colorado

To become a mechanic in Colorado, there are not any specific requirements or credentials that are mandated. However, finding a job will be much easier with a cerfiticate or an associates degree in an automotive discipline. Many of the best jobs go to ASE certified mechanics, so going through the training to complete your ASE certification is highly recommended before starting your career. Nearly any of the accredited mechanic schools in Colorado can get you to this point and give you a much better chance of landing a job that you want after graduation.

The Colorado Automotive Job Market

As far as finding employment as a mechanic or technician in Colorado, there are plenty of good signs. In 2018, Colorado has been one of the fastest growing states in the US. Not only does this mean a stronger economy, but it also means more cars on the road, creating growth in the market for auto mechanics. There are currently around 11,480 jobs for mechanics and automotive technicians in Colorado, including both open positions and those currently occupied. This number is expected to grow by 6.7% over the next 10 years, which is slightly higher than the national average. There are projections of a shortage in skilled mechanics in the next decade and Colorado will be no exception, which looks good for those entering the automotive field.

Salary for Mechanics in Colorado

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics in Colorado is $44,200, with the top 10% earning $68,380 per year. Keep in mind that this can vary by the specialty that you end up working in and the city where you are employed. For instance, a mechanic in Grand Junction will average a salary of $53,500 per year, while a mechanic in Pueblo will make over $20,000 less per year at $31,610. As far as salaries by job type, the BLS breaks it down in the four categories in the chart below, but there are also a number of careers that vary within each category, or fall outside of these categories altogether.

Job Type Total in Colorado Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 12,290 $21.25 $44,200
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 2,680 $23.36 $48,580
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers $16.40 $34,110
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 4,430 $23.82 $49,560

Directory of Colorado Automotive Schools

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All Auto Mechanic Schools in Colorado

School Address Programs More Details
Aims Community College
5401 West 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
Automotive Service Technology
Collision Repair

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Pikes Peak Community College
5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Automotive Technology
Automotive Collision Technology
Diesel Technology

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Emily Griffith Technical College
1205 Osage Street
Denver, CO 80203
Automotive Collision Repair
Automotive Service

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Red Rocks Community College
13300 West 6th Ave
Lakewood, CO 80228
Auto Collision Technology
Automotive Customization
Automotive Service Technology

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Front Range Community College
Multiple Campuses Automotive Technology

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Pueblo Community College
Multiple Campuses Automotive Service Technology

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Trinidad State Junior College
Multiple Campuses Automotive Service Technology
Diesel Technology

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IntelliTec College – CO Springs
2315 E Pikes Peak Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Automotive Technician

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IntelliTec College – Grand Junction
772 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Automotive Technician

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IntelliTec College – Pueblo
3673 Parker Blvd
Pueblo, CO 81008
Automotive Technician

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Colorado Northwestern CC – Craig
2801 W. 9th St.
Craig, CO 81625
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology

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Colorado Northwestern CC – Rangely

500 Kennedy Dr.
Rangely, CO 81648

Aviation Maintenance

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Northeastern Junior College
100 College Avenue
Sterling, CO 80751
Auto & Diesel Master Technician
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology

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Technical College of the Rockies
1765 U.S. Hwy 50
Delta, CO 81416
Automotive Technology

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Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80134
Automotive Service Technology

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Morgan Community College
920 Barlow Road
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Automotive Collision Repair
Automotive Service Technology

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Available Grants & Scholarships

Nationwide Scholarships and Grants

Automotive Scholarships and Grants Location Description Deadline
Future Mechanic Grant Nationwide Up to $1,000 for aspiring auto mechanics 12/1/2019
Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship Nationwide Up to $2,200 for graduates of New Mexico high school 6/6/2019
Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship Nationwide Full-Tuition paid for eligible students 2019 closed
Federal Pell Grants Nationwide Up to $6,195, for low-income households Varies
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Nationwide Various, for low-income households Varies
Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Nationwide Various, one application for many scholarships 2019 closed
Berto Diaz Engineering Scholarship Nationwide Up to $1,000 for Mechanical Engineering Students 2019 closed
BMW/SAE Engineering Scholarship Nationwide Up to $6,000 paid annually in $1,500 increments 2019 closed
Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Foundation Scholarship Nationwide Up to $400 for eligible students 4/15/2020
GMiS Scholars Program Nationwide Various, for underrepresented students in tech 2019 closed
SMA Native American STEM Scholarship Nationwide Up to $1,500, for Native American STEM students 6/19/2019
Two Ten Higher Education Scholarships Nationwide Up to $4,000 for students with 2 years of personal or parents experience in footwear industry 2019 closed
Viceroy Auto Trans Scholarship Nationwide Up to $1,000 for eligible students 2019 closed
Automotive Hall of Fame Educational Fund Nationwide Up to $2,000 for eligible students 6/30/2019
Clunker Junker Cash for Cars and College Scholarship Nationwide Up to $1,000 for eligible female students Varies
SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund Nationwide Up to $5,000 for eligible students 3/1/2020
Edward D. Hendrickson/SAE Engineering Scholarship Nationwide Up to $4,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,000 increments for four years 12/15/2019
TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship Nationwide Up to $6,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,500 increments for four years 12/15/2019
Fred M. Young Sr./SAE Engineering Scholarship Nationwide Up to $4,000 for eligible students distributed in $1,000 increments for four years 12/15/2019
Tau Beta Pi/SAE Engineering Scholarship Nationwide Up to $1,000 for eligible students 12/15/2019
Yanmar/SAE Scholarship Nationwide Up to $1,000 for eligible students 4/1/2020
Horatio Alger Association CTE Scholarships Nationwide Up to $2,500 for eligible students 6/15 each year
AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarship Nationwide Up to $2,000 for eligible students 6/15 & 10/15 each year