Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Iowa

Below you will find comprehensive information on community colleges and private schools offering education programs for mechanics, and vehicle service and repair technicians in the state of Iowa. Also, we provide detailed information job prospects and current wage rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2016, there were around 8,480 persons employed as auto mechanics or automotive service technicians in Iowa. In addition, there were 1,900 persons employed as auto collision technicians, and glass installers and repairers, and an additional 4,030 employed as bus and truck mechanics. Jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the hawkeye state are expected to increase by 8.7% in the decade to 2024.

Mechanic Salaries in Iowa

The average salary for auto service technicians and mechanics in the country’s 26th largest state, in May 2016, was $38,650 (BLS), or about $18.58 per hour. Automotive collision repair specialists earned an average annual salary of $39,720, or a wage of $19.10 per hour, for the same year, and diesel mechanics earned $41,410 or $19.91 per hour.

Salaries in Iowa by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics8,480$18.58$38,650$22,430$57,090
Automotive Body and Related Repairers1,730$19.10$39,720$22,080$62,020
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers170$15.33$31,880$22,110$41,020
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists4,030$19.91$41,410$26,210$59,750

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Iowa by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Ames, IA290$19.70$40,980
Cedar Rapids, IA770$19.71$40,990
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL1,040$18.61$38,720
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA1,760$19.74$41,050
Dubuque, IA330$18.34$38,140
Iowa City, IA350$19.71$40,990
Iowa City, IA2,200$20.75$43,150
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD460$17.68$36,760
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA480$17.56$36,530

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Cedar Rapids, IA Area

Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
(319) 398-5411
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Collision Repair – Certificate Program

Kirkwood Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This public college has about 14,368 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. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The Automotive Technology program is offered with the option of completing a Toyota T-TEN program. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $4,362 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $5,202 yearly. Study materials can cost about $2,500, depending on the program chosen.

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Area

Eastern Iowa Community College District

306 W River Dr, Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221
(563) 336-3300
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Eastern Iowa Community College District offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Davenport. This public college has about 8,383 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. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,570 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,912 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,600, although this will depend on the program.

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Area

Des Moines Area Community College

2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
(515) 964-6241
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Des Moines Area Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Ankeny in Polk County. This public college has round 22,298 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. The Automotive Technology program is offered with the option of completing a GM ASEP program. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $4,410 and for students from other states in the order of $8,820 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,526, depending on the program chosen.

Vatterott College-Des Moines

7000 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321
(515) 309-9000
Diesel Mechanic – Associate Program

Vatterott College’s Associate program in Diesel Mechanic is offered at their Des Moines campus in the city of Des Moines. The majority of of the school’s 172 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Fees for tuition are, as a rough guide, about $12,419 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $2,521, although this varies from program to program.

Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area Area

North Iowa Area Community College

500 College Dr, Mason City, Iowa 50401
(641) 423-1264
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

North Iowa Area Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and two Associate programs. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Mason City, IA. This public college has around 2,947 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. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be around $5,003 and for out-of-state students likely to be about $7,113 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $969, although this varies from program to program.

Northeast Iowa Community College

1625 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
(563) 562-3263
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Northeast Iowa Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Calmar in Winneshiek County. This public college has about 4,865 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. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $5,012 and for students from outside the state in the order of $5,152 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,400, although this will vary with the program.

Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area Area

Iowa Central Community College

One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
(515) 576-7201
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Collision Technology – Certificate Program

Iowa Central Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the town of Fort Dodge, Iowa. The majority of of the school’s 5,634 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 around $5,580 and for out-of-state students in the order of $7,815 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

Iowa Lakes Community College

19 S 7th St, Estherville, Iowa 51334-2295
(712) 362-2601
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Auto Collision & Paint Repair Technology – Certificate Program

Iowa Lakes Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program, a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Estherville, Iowa. The college has roughly 2,315 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. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $5,900 and for students from other states in the order of $6,252 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,300, although this will vary with the program.

Northwest Iowa Community College

603 W Park St, Sheldon, Iowa 51201
(712) 324-5061
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Northwest Iowa Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in Sheldon in Obrien County. This public college has approximately 1,612 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 likely to be about $5,760 and for students from other states likely to be about $6,060 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $1,312, although this will depend on the program.

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Area

Iowa Western Community College

2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-1057
(712) 325-3200
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Iowa Western Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The college has about 6,472 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $5,472 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $5,632 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,253, although this will vary with the program.

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Area

Western Iowa Tech Community College

4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
(712) 274-6400
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Western Iowa Tech Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Sioux City, IA. This public college has roughly 6,152 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. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for in-state students are about $4,200 and for students from other states approximately $4,224 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,224, although this will depend on the program.

Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area Area

Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Ave, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
(641) 683-5111
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Indian Hills Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Ottumwa. The majority of of the school’s 4,773 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 about $3,960 and for students from other states around $5,760 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,248, although this will vary with the program.

Marshalltown Community College

3700 S Center St, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
(641) 752-7106
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Marshalltown Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Marshalltown in Marshall County, IA. This public college has about 1,923 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 around $4,536 and for out-of-state students approximately $4,824 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,100, depending on the program chosen.

Southeastern Community College

1500 West Agency Road, West Burlington, Iowa 52655-0180
(319) 752-2731
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Southeastern Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of West Burlington. This public college has approximately 2,868 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 in-state students is in the order of $5,220 and for students from outside the state in the order of $5,370 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,254, although this will vary with the program.

Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area Area

Southwestern Community College

1501 West Townline Street, Creston, Iowa 50801
(641) 782-7081
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Southwestern Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Creston. The majority of of the school’s 1,656 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $5,490 and for out-of-state students around $5,700 for each academic year, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,254, depending on the program chosen.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA Area

Hawkeye Community College

1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa 50701
(319) 296-2320
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Collision Repair and Refinishing – Certificate Program

Hawkeye Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Waterloo, IA. The college has roughly 5,370 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,786 and for students from other states around $5,496 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,254, although this varies from program to 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

Residents of Iowa may also wish to review their options in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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 Iowa. 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.

Des Moines

City: Des Moines

Des Moines Central Campus High School

1800 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-7846

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: James Nelson
Tel: (515) 242-7846
Programs: Automobile Service Technology