Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Alaska

This site offers detailed information on training options for automotive and diesel mechanics, as well as auto body repair technicians, in the state of Alaska. Moreover, you will find comprehensive facts job prospects and current wage rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)there were 1,530 people working as auto mechanics or automotive service technicians in the state of Alaska in 2016. Moreover, there were 400 people working as automotive collision and glass technicians, as well as a further 870 working as bus and truck mechanics or other diesel engine specialists. For the 10-year period to 2024, it is predicted that jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the last frontier will expand by 4.9%, which is somewhat less than 5.3 growth predicted across the nation.

Mechanic Salaries in Alaska

In 2016, the mean salary for auto service technicians and mechanics in the nation’s 47th most populous state was $54,440 (BLS), or around $26.17 per hour. Auto body repairers earned an average annual salary of $53,540, or $25.74 per hour, during the same year, while bus and truck engine mechanics earned $62,710 or $30.15 per hour.

Salaries in Alaska by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics1,530$26.17$54,440$29,640$78,960
Automotive Body and Related Repairers270$25.74$53,540$34,520$70,900
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers130$15.98$33,240$25,610$45,220
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists870$30.15$62,710$42,960$84,900

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Alaska by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Anchorage, AK920$25.74$53,530
Fairbanks, AK250$27.61$57,420

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Anchorage, AK Area

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 786-1800
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Anchorage, AK. This is a full, 4-year public college with 16,762 students, of which 95% are undergraduates. The University of Alaska Anchorage has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, the university has NATEF program accreditation. The Automotive Technology program is offered with the option of completing a GM ASEP program. The cost of tuition for in-state students is likely to be in the order of $5,784 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $17,990 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,608, although this will vary with the program.

Fairbanks, AK Area

University of Alaska Fairbanks

505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7500
(907) 474-7211
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in Fairbanks in Fairbanks North Star County, AK. This is a full, 4-year public college with 8,638 students, of which 87% are undergraduates. The University of Alaska Fairbanks has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additionally, the university has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally about $5,976 and for students from other states approximately $18,184 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,400, although this will depend on the program.

Juneau, AK Area

University of Alaska Southeast

11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, Alaska 99801-8697
(877) 465-4827
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Diesel Technology – Associate Program

The University of Alaska Southeast offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of Juneau. Of the 2,800 students, about 12% are postgraduates. The University of Alaska Southeast has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The cost of tuition for in-state students is roughly about $8,415 and for students from other states around $22,550 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,400, although this will depend on the program.

Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area Area

AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology

809 Second Avenue, Seward, Alaska 99664-0889
(907) 224-6151
Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technologies – Certificate Program

AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology’s Certificate program in Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technologies is taught at their campus in Seward in Kenai Peninsula County, Alaska. Most of the school’s 970 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is over 80%. Tuition fees are around $3,250 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $2,491, although this will depend on the program.

* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.

NATEF Accredited Secondary School Programs

Below is a list of NATEF accredited high school programs, offering training in automotive technology, autobody and collision repair and diesel mechanic programs in the state of Alaska. Please note that accreditation status is correct at the time of writing and may have since changed. Please check with the school and with NATEF before making any commitment.

KetchikanNorth Pole

City: Ketchikan

Ketchikan High School

2610 4th Ave., Ketchikan, AK 99901

Automotive Program

Contact: Jeff Shelton
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: North Pole

North Pole High School

601 NPHS Blvd., North Pole, AK 99705
(907) 322-3797

Automotive Program

Contact: Jerry Million
Tel: (907) 322-3797
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair