Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Idaho

This webpage offers detailed data on automotive and diesel mechanic schools and education options in Idaho. Furthermore, you will find detailed facts employment prospects and wage rates in the gem state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2016, there were 3,620 people working as auto mechanics or automotive service technicians in the state of Idaho. Moreover, there were 790 people employed as automotive body and glass repair technicians, as well as a further 1,610 employed as diesel engine mechanics for trucks and buses. It is predicted that, in the decade to 2024, employment for automotive mechanics in the gem state will fall slightly by .

Mechanic Salaries in Idaho

The mean wage for auto service technicians and mechanics in Idaho, in May 2016, was $19.20 per hour, $39,940 annually (BLS). Automotive collision repair specialists made an average salary of $44,050, or $21.18 per hour, for the same period, while diesel mechanics made $40,590 or $19.52 per hour.

Salaries in Idaho by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3,620$19.20$39,940$20,610$61,150
Automotive Body and Related Repairers650$21.18$44,050$25,860$65,660
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers140$17.42$36,230$21,850$54,920
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1,610$19.52$40,590$27,040$57,000

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Idaho by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Boise City, ID1,560$19.29$40,120
Coeur d'Alene, ID330$19.48$40,520
Idaho Falls, ID290$22.17$46,120
Lewiston, ID-WA110$16.49$34,310
Lewiston, ID-WA430$16.75$34,830
Pocatello, ID220$16.67$34,670

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Boise City-Nampa, ID Area

College of Western Idaho

5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, Idaho 83687
(208) 562-3000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

College of Western Idaho offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are imparted at their campus in Nampa in Canyon County, Idaho. The college has in the region of 8,391 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally around $3,336 and are $4,536 and $7,344 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $696, although this will depend on the program.

Coeur d’Alene, ID Area

North Idaho College

1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2199
(208) 769-3300
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

North Idaho College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Coeur d’Alene, ID. Most of the school’s 5,543 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Fees for tuition for in-district students are generally about $3,288 and are $4,624 and $8,160 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost around $1,248, although this varies from program to program.

East Idaho nonmetropolitan area Area

Brigham Young University-Idaho

525 S Center, Rexburg, Idaho 83460-1690
(208) 496-1411
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Bachelor Program

Brigham Young University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Bachelor program. All programs are imparted at their Idaho campus in the town of Rexburg, Idaho. The college, which has a Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) religious affiliation,, which has a Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) religious affiliation, has about 43,803 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, the university has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition is broadly in the order of $3,920 yearly, while study materials may cost about $784, depending on the program.

Idaho Falls, ID Area

Eastern Idaho Technical College

1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83404-5788
(208) 535-3000 x3371
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Eastern Idaho Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Idaho Falls, ID. Most of the school’s 688 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $2,434 and for out-of-state students approximately $8,836 annually. Study materials can cost around $2,600, depending on the program chosen.

Lewiston, ID-WA Area

Lewis-Clark State College

500 8th Ave, Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Lewis-Clark State College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Lewiston, Idaho. The majority of of the school’s 3,633 students are on 4-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $6,120 and for students from other states around $17,620 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,650, depending on the program.

Pocatello, ID Area

Idaho State University

921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
(208) 282-2700
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Bachelor Program

Idaho State University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Bachelor program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Pocatello, Idaho. Of the 13,078 students, about 14% are postgraduates. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, the university has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for in-state students is around $6,956 and for out-of-state students in the order of $21,023 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,000, depending on the program chosen.

Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area Area

College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
(208) 733-9554
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

College of Southern Idaho offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Twin Falls, ID. The college has approximately 7,548 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Fees for tuition for in-district students are usually about $3,120 and are $4,120 and $6,720 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost roughly $990, 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 Idaho may also wish to review their options in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.

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 Idaho. 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.

BoiseWilder

City: Boise

Dennis Technical Education Center

8201 W. Victory Rd., Boise, ID 83709
(208) 854-5813

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Irene Westrick
Tel: (208) 854-5812
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program: AYES

Contact: Scott Moore
Tel: (208) 854-5813
Programs: Painting and Refinishing

Truck Program: AYES

Contact: Irene Westrick
Tel: (208) 854-5812
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Wilder

Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency TEC

109 Penny Lane, Wilder, ID 83676
(208) 482-6074

Automotive Program

Contact: Gary Schleicher
Tel: (208) 482-6074
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair, Mathematics

Truck Program

Contact: Greg Hale
Tel: (208) 482-6074
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering