Becoming a Mechanic or Automotive Technician in Arizona

Working as an automotive mechanic or technician is a great career for anyone interested in hands-on work and interacting with customers. In Arizona, most employers of mechanics, service technicians and auto body and collision repair workers prefer their job candidates have some post-secondary education or training, but this is not necessarily required. [En Español]

Mechanics and people in related fields do a lot of their training on the job, but having an associate’s degree or a certificate in automotive technology or repair can give any candidate the edge in getting hired and even a salary boost. Some future mechanics begin their training in high school vocational programs. There are several opportunities for all types of training and preparation for an automotive career in Arizona.

The Job Outlook in Arizona

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 14,070 automotive service technicians and mechanics working in Arizona in 2017. Additionally, there were 4,560 diesel specialists and bus and truck mechanics, 2,620 auto body repair workers, and 550 auto glass installers and repairers. These careers are growing in Arizona and in all states, with an expected 6-percent growth continuing through 2026. This makes automotive and mechanic jobs a great choice for anyone who wants a career with job security.

Mechanic Salaries in Arizona

Working as a mechanic requires a lot of specialized knowledge and training, and this is reflected in the salary potential. According the BLS data from May 2017, auto body workers have the highest average salaries at $22.71 per hour, or $47,230 annually. The highest paid workers in this field earn $67,690 each year in Arizona, which means with training and experience, salaries can go up significantly.

Auto service technicians and mechanics are not far behind collision workers in salary, earning $20.63 per hour or $42,910 per year on average, with the potential to earn up to $62,920. Truck and diesel mechanics in Arizona earn $21.79 per hour and $45,320 per year, while auto glass workers can expect an average salary of $17.01, or $35,370 annually.

Salaries in Arizona by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics13,180$19.18$39,890$20,950$60,580
Automotive Body and Related Repairers2,560$22.74$47,290$29,690$67,820
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers500$16.19$33,670$18,650$55,740
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists5,090$20.95$43,580$28,740$62,450

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Arizona by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Flagstaff, AZ310$17.63$36,670
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ360$18.84$39,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ9,240$19.86$41,300
Prescott, AZ480$18.32$38,100
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ180$16.80$34,940
Tucson, AZ1,810$17.14$35,660
Yuma, AZ280$17.44$36,280

Auto Mechanic Programs in Arizona

There are a lot of choices for high school students or graduates in Arizona interested in starting a career in the automotive repair industry. Some of the options include:

  • Universal Technical Institute. This school has campuses in Avondale and Phoenix. It offers programs in automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics and, in Phoenix only, motorcycle mechanics and repair. The school also has manufacturer-specific programs, including the BMW Motorrad program, which qualifies students to become Level 1 Certified BMW Motorcycle Technicians. The Avondale campus also offers the Ford FACT, GM ASEP, Volvo SAFE, and Daimler Trucks North America Programs. UTI students earn an associate’s degree in about two years.
  • Arizona Automotive Institute. The AAI is located in Glendale and offers programs in automotive service technology and diesel/heavy trucks. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In addition to hands-on training, the programs include career placement assistance.
  • East Valley Institute of Technology. Located in Mesa, East Valley offers a certificate program in collision repair. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and provides students with the skills they need for entry-level work and ongoing job training in body work, painting and collision repair. The program takes one to two years to complete.
  • Coconino High School. This high school in Flagstaff offers a program for students interested in automotive repair. Students still in high school can train to work in the industry by going through this NATEF-certified program. It is just one of seven high schools in the entire state that is certified, and it prepares students to go right to work after graduating.

ASE Certification

Individuals who want to work as auto mechanics can further their careers and potentially earn a better salary by achieving ASE certification. ASE is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, an independent organization that certifies automotive workers in areas including automobile and light truck, collision repair and refinish, truck equipment, medium-heavy truck and others. Candidates for certification must have either two years of work experience or one year work experience as well as a post-secondary certificate or degree to qualify for the test.

Working as a Mechanic in Arizona

There are plenty of opportunities for trained, certified, and entry-level mechanics, diesel mechanics, and collision and body repair workers in Arizona. The most work is found in the larger cities, like Phoenix and Tucson. Here mechanics can work for dealerships, automotive repair shops and body shops. There are also significant numbers of opportunities in smaller, independent shops in Yuma, Prescott and Flagstaff.

Working in auto repair and maintenance can be rewarding, providing people with the comfort of knowing their vehicles are operating safely. There are opportunities to work in a variety of settings in Arizona and the chance to become certified, to keep up with training and education and to earn a good living.

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ Area

Mohave Community College

1971 Jagerson Ave, Kingman, Arizona 86409-1238
(928) 757-4331
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

The Associate’s degree program in Automotive Technology at Mohave Community College is based at their campus in Kingman in Mohave County, AZ. The majority of of the school’s 4,360 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $2,112 and for students from outside the state in the order of $6,972 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $810, depending on the program chosen.

Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Area

Arizona Automotive Institute

6829 N 46th Ave, Glendale, Arizona 85301-3579
(623) 934-7273
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Automotive Technology Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Arizona Automotive Institute is based at their campus in Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona. This private, for-profit college has roughly 655 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are usually around $24,000 annually. Typically, the program is completed in 13 months.

Central Arizona College

8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128-9030
(520) 494-5444
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Central Arizona College’s Certificate-level Automotive Technology program is taught at their campus in Coolidge in Pinal County, AZ. The majority of of the school’s 5,849 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $2,520 and for students from outside the state in the order of $10,980 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,400, depending on the program chosen.

East Valley Institute of Technology

1601 W Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201
(480) 461-4028
Collision Repair – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

East Valley Institute of Technology offers various Certificate program options for mechanics, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Mesa, Arizona. The college has roughly 101 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees for the Collision Repair program are usually about $5,400 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $645. Typically, the program is completed in 10 months.

GateWay Community College

108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034
(602) 392-5000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

GateWay Community College’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is taught at their campus in the city of Phoenix, AZ. This public college has approximately 5,637 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The Automotive Technology program is offered with the option of completing a Toyota T-TEN program. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $2,094 and for out-of-state students approximately $7,878 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,288, although this will depend on the program.

Glendale Community College

6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, Arizona 85302
(623) 845-3000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Glendale Community College’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in Glendale in Maricopa County. The college has around 19,871 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $2,094 and for students from other states around $7,878 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,288, depending on the program.

Maricopa Skill Center

1245 E Buckeye, Phoenix, Arizona 85034-4101
(602) 238-4300
Auto Body Worker – Certificate Program

Maricopa Skill Center’s Certificate-level Auto Body Worker program is offered at their campus in the city of Phoenix. This public college has roughly 770 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. Fees for tuition are broadly about $9,221 annually. Study materials can cost in the order of $287, depending on the program chosen.

Mesa Community College

1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, Arizona 85202
(480) 461-7000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Mesa Community College is offered at their campus in the city of Mesa. This public college has around 21,491 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $2,094 and for students from other states around $7,878 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,288, depending on the program chosen.

Rio Salado College

2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 517-8000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Rio Salado College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Tempe, Arizona. The college has roughly 20,533 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $2,094 and for out-of-state students in the order of $7,878 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,288, depending on the program chosen.

Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc

10695 West Pierce Street, Avondale, Arizona 85323
(800) 510-5845
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Auto + Diesel & Industrial Technology – Associate Program

Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc offers various Certificate program options for mechanics, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Avondale in Maricopa County. The college has round 2,100 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The Automotive Technology program, with a duration of 90 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. The Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are about $33,350 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $215. Program completion is normally 12 months.

Prescott, AZ Area

Yavapai College

1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, Arizona 86301
(928) 445-7300
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Yavapai College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Prescott, AZ. The majority of of the school’s 7,385 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Fees for tuition for in-state students are about $2,280 and for students from other states likely to be about $9,120 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,600, although this varies from program to program.

Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area Area

Cochise County Community College District

4190 W Highway 80, Douglas, Arizona 85607-6190
(520) 515-0500
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Cochise County Community College District is offered at their campus in Douglas in Cochise County, AZ. This public college has about 4,437 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $1,896 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,000 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,800, depending on the program chosen.

Eastern Arizona College

615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, Arizona 85552-0769
(928) 428-8322
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Eastern Arizona College’s Certificate-level Automotive Technology program is based at their campus in the town of Thatcher, AZ. The majority of of the school’s 6,320 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $2,400 and for out-of-state students around $9,360 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $850, although this varies from program to program.

Tucson, AZ Area

Pima Community College

4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
(520) 206-4500
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Pima Community College can be taken at their campus in the city of Tucson, Arizona. Most of the school’s 26,880 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally in the order of $2,046 and for students from outside the state approximately $7,362 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,600, depending on the program.

Yuma, AZ Area

Arizona Western College

2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma, Arizona 85365-8834
(928) 317-6000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Arizona Western College’s Certificate-level Automotive Technology program is offered at their campus in the city of Yuma, Arizona. The college has about 7,514 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $2,600 and for students from other states around $9,590 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,517, depending 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.

Neighbor States

See options in the neighboring states of California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

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 Arizona. 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.

FlagstaffMesaPeoriaPhoenixShow LowTollesonTucson

City: Flagstaff

Coconino High School

2801 N Izabel, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(928) 773-8200

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Brian Locke
Tel: (928) 773-8200
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Mesa

East Valley Institute of Technology

1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85233
(480) 461-4045

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Randy Baker
Tel: (480) 461-4045
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Peoria

Peoria High School

11200 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 670-4445

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Brady Mitchell
Tel: (623) 670-4445
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Phoenix

Western Maricopa Education Center – Northeast Campus

1617 W. Williams Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85027
(623) 670-4445

Automotive Program

Contact: Brady Mitchell
Tel: (623) 670-4445
Programs: Automobile Service Technology

City: Show Low

Northland Pioneer College

1400 Lumberman Loop, Show Low, AZ 85901
(928) 587-8636

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Frank Pinnell
Tel: (928) 587-8636
Programs: Automatic Transmission & Transaxle, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Manual Drive Train & Axles, Suspension & Steering

City: Tolleson

Western Maricopa Education Center

9899 West Roosevelt, Tolleson, AZ 85353
(623) 738-0042

Truck Program: AYES

Contact: Jarrett Guy
Tel: (623) 738-0042
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Tucson

Flowing Wells High School

3725 N. Flowing Wells Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 696-8088

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Jesse Brenton
Tel: (520) 696-8088
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center

901 S. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 879-9249

Automotive Program

Contact: Cristobal Gamas
Tel: (520) 879-9249
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Santa Rita High School

3951 S. Pantano Rd., Tucson, AZ 85730
(520) 731-7673

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Robert Saul
Tel: (520) 731-7673
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering