Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Connecticut

Here you will discover comprehensive data on mechanic schools and education options in Connecticut. Additionally, we offer in depth data employment prospects and local pay rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In 2016, there were about 8,430 persons employed as automotive service technicians in Connecticut as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additionally, there were 1,640 people working as auto collision technicians, and glass installers and repairers, as well as a further 2,170 working as bus and truck mechanics. Employment for automotive mechanics in the constitution state is predicted to increase by 2.3% in the decade to 2024, which is somewhat less than 5.3 growth predicted across the nation.

Mechanic Salaries in Connecticut

In May 2016, the average salary for auto service technicians and mechanics in Connecticut was $45,060 (BLS). Auto collision repairers made an average salary of $48,740 for the same period, and diesel mechanics made $54,410 or $26.16 per hour.

Salaries in Connecticut by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics8,430$21.66$45,060$24,550$66,080
Automotive Body and Related Repairers1,640$23.43$48,740$27,370$67,440
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers**$17.77$36,970$31,960$44,700
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists2,170$26.16$54,410$35,540$76,670

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Connecticut by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT1,930$22.19$46,150
Danbury, CT550$22.92$47,670
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT2,840$21.14$43,960
New Haven, CT1,280$22.75$47,320
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI630$20.10$41,820
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI1,650$20.13$41,860
Waterbury, CT520$22.53$46,860
Waterbury, CT1,500$20.68$43,010

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Area

Gateway Community College

20 Church Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06510
(203) 285-2000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Gateway Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of New Haven. The majority of of the school’s 7,980 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,168 and for students from other states around $12,504 for each academic year, while study materials may cost around $1,200, although this varies from program to program.

Naugatuck Valley Community College

750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708-3089
(203) 575-8040
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program, Automotive Technician – Associate Program

Naugatuck Valley Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Waterbury in New Haven County, CT. Most of the school’s 6,976 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $4,208 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $12,544 yearly. Study materials can cost about $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

Porter and Chester Institute of Branford

221 W Main St, Branford, Connecticut 06405
(203) 315-1060
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technician at Porter and Chester Institute of Branford is offered at their campus in Branford in New Haven County, CT. This private, for-profit college has roughly 256 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 are usually around $17,220 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,500, depending on the program chosen.

Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford

670 Lordship Blvd, Stratford, Connecticut 06615-7158
(860) 529-2519
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technician at Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford is taught at their campus in the city of Stratford, Connecticut. The majority of of the school’s 1,961 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is generally in the order of $17,220 yearly. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,500, depending on the program.

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Area

Bristol Technical Education Center

431 Minor Street, Bristol, Connecticut 06010
(860) 584-8433 x304
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Automotive Technology Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Bristol Technical Education Center is based at their campus in Bristol in Hartford County, CT. This public college has roughly 46 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions. Fees for tuition are likely to be about $3,760 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $500, although this will vary with the program.

Lincoln Technical Institute-East Windsor

97 Newberry Road, East Windsor, Connecticut 06088
(860) 627-4300 x46600
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Lincoln Technical Institute offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are offered at their East Windsor campus in East Windsor in Hartford County. The college has in the order of 875 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are in the order of $30,836 yearly, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,400. Program completion is normally 17 months.

* 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

Residents of Connecticut may also wish to review their options in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

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 Connecticut. 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.

AnsoniaBridgeportDanielsonMilfordNorwichWindham

City: Ansonia

O’Brien Technical High School

141 Prindle Ave., Ansonia, CT 6401
(860) 774-8511

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Ignacio Vega
Tel: (860) 774-8511
Programs: Automobile Service Technology

City: Bridgeport

Bullard Havens Technical High School

500 Palisade Ave., Bridgeport, CT 6610
(203) 581-0882

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Roxanne Amiot
Tel: (203) 581-0882
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: Danielson

Ellis Technical High School

613 Upper Maple St., Danielson, CT 6239
(860) 456-3847

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Brendan Smith
Tel: (860) 456-3847
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Milford

Platt Technical High School

600 Orange Ave., Milford, CT 6460
(203) 783-5381

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Kirk Stankiewicz
Tel: (203) 783-5381
Programs: Automobile Service Technology

City: Norwich

Norwich Technical High School

7 Mahan Dr., Norwich, CT 6360
(860) 889-8453

Automotive Program

Contact: Michael Kaiser
Tel: (860) 889-8453
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Windham

Windham Technical High School

210 Birch St., Windham, CT 6226
(860) 456-3679

Automotive Program

Contact: Bob McConnell
Tel: (860) 456-3679
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair