Becoming a Mechanic or Automotive Technician in Maryland

Working as an auto mechanic or truck mechanic is a great career move if you enjoy working with your hands and communicating with people. These are jobs that come with a good income, but it takes specialized skills and knowledge to do them. In Maryland you may choose to either complete a degree or certificate program before landing a job at which you will continue to be trained by more experienced mechanics. After working for a year or more you can seek certification as a mechanic or specialist. [En Español]

The Job Outlook for Mechanics in Maryland

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in 2017 there were 12,440 automotive service technicians working in Maryland, along with 3,820 truck and diesel mechanics. This is a high-population state with plenty of trucks and cars that need service. This fact along with the general six-percent growth in the industry throughout the country means there will be plenty of opportunities in the coming years for newly qualified mechanics to find work.

Salaries for Auto Service Technicians in Maryland

The specialized skills that mechanics need to do their jobs are reflected in pay expectations. In Maryland in 2017, according to the BLS, the average annual salary for an auto mechanic was $48,760 per year. Those in the top 10 percent made an average of $74,140 that year. For truck mechanics the average salary was $50,780, and the top salaries averaged $74,320.

The areas of the state where mechanics earn the highest salaries include California and Lexington Park, and the area in and around Washington D.C. and Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. These include suburbs that fall within the state of Maryland, but mechanics training and living in Maryland may choose to work in these nearby cities.

Salaries in Maryland by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics12,600$22.65$47,100$24,970$71,370
Automotive Body and Related Repairers2,610$28.04$58,320$32,020$94,300
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers500$18.40$38,270$25,030$56,580
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists3,890$23.49$48,860$29,070$71,800

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Maryland by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD5,710$22.49$46,770
California-Lexington Park, MD170$21.68$45,090
Cumberland, MD-WV260$17.83$37,080
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV690$17.73$36,890
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD13,130$21.46$44,640
Salisbury, MD-DE750$19.61$40,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV12,730$23.51$48,900

Auto Mechanic Programs in Maryland

The state does not require that mechanics complete a post-secondary educational program, but employers generally prefer to hire new mechanics who have completed one. Maryland has several programs for mechanics both at the secondary level for high school students and at community and technical colleges for adult students.

  • Community College of Baltimore County. The Catonsville campus offers several programs for students interested in becoming mechanics. The global automotive technology degree is a two-year program that teaches students how to service and repair all types of cars. There are also three manufacturer-specific programs available: GM ASEP, Ford ASSET and Toyota T-TEN. These train students to become certified technicians for one or more manufacturers. Students may also choose shorter certificate programs in specific areas including engine specialist, electrical specialist, brake and suspension, and master technician.
  • North American Trade Schools. For a big-city education, students can choose the diesel mechanic program at North American Trade Schools in Baltimore. This program trains students in the specific skills needed to work on diesel trucks and engines and to become a heavy vehicle mechanic. The program takes just 10 months to complete.
  • Alleghany College of Maryland. Located in Cumberland, Alleghany College has three programs to offer students interested in becoming mechanics. There is the one-year automotive service attendant certificate, the one-year automotive technology certificate and the two-year automotive technology degree. High school students from several nearby schools, including Bedford County Technical Center, and Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools, are able to take courses here to earn college credits and jumpstart their automotive careers.
  • Milford Mill Academy. This magnet school in Baltimore offers high school students the chance to complete an automotive technology program in order to begin a career as a mechanic after graduation. The program is guided by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Hagerstown, Maryland, is also home to a Volvo trucks training program. The manufacturer offers online courses and hands-on training at the Hagerstown training center. The program culminates in certification as a Volvo truck mechanic.

ASE Certification

Certification is an important way to prove that you have the skills and knowledge to work as a mechanic. But, you can’t get ASE certification just by completing an educational program. The requirements to qualify for the exams include either having finished a program and completed one year of work experience or having two years of work experience. ASE offers certification in a number of specializations, including truck mechanics, auto mechanics and collision repair.

Working as a Mechanic in Maryland

Opportunities abound for qualified mechanics in Maryland. Those who complete manufacturer-specific programs, like Toyota T-TEN, will be hired by a dealership. Those with more general degrees or certificates may be hired by a dealership or by service stations, garages and mechanic shops, tire and oil change centers, and anywhere else mechanics are needed to work on vehicles.

In Maryland the areas with the greatest opportunities for mechanics are the large population centers around Washington D.C., Lexington Park and California, and Baltimore, Columbia and Towson. There are, of course, also opportunities in more rural areas, but they are fewer. With the right qualifications and a willingness to work hard, you can become a successful auto mechanic in Maryland.

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Baltimore-Towson, MD Area

Lincoln College of Technology-Columbia

9325 Snowden River Pky, Columbia, Maryland 21046
(410) 290-7100 x41500
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Automotive Technology Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Lincoln College of Technology is based at their Columbia campus in the city of Columbia, MD. Most of the school’s 711 students are on 2-year programs. The Automotive Technology program, with a duration of 49 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. The college is institutionally 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 generally around $37,053 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $919. The typical program completion time is 21 months.

North American Trade Schools

6901 Security Blvd, Suite 16, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
(410) 298-4844
Diesel Mechanic – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

North American Trade Schools offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in Baltimore in Baltimore County. This private, for-profit college has roughly 505 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. Tuition fees for the Diesel Mechanic program are around $15,250 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $2,694. Program completion is normally 12 months.

The Community College of Baltimore County

7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21237
(443) 840-2222
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program, Automotive Collision Repair – Associate Program

The Community College of Baltimore County offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in Baltimore in Baltimore County, MD. This public college has roughly 22,179 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tuition fees for in-district students are roughly around $3,868 and are $6,812 and $10,082 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,430, although this will vary with the program.

Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division Area

Montgomery College

51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850
(240) 567-5000
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Montgomery College’s Certificate program in Automotive Technician is offered at their campus in the city of Rockville, MD. This public college has around 25,320 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-district students is usually in the order of $4,902 and are $9,474 and $12,894 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,378, although this varies from program to program.

Cumberland, MD-WV Area

Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willowbrook Rd SE, Cumberland, Maryland 21502-2596
(301) 784-5000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Allegany College of Maryland’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is based at their campus in the city of Cumberland. The majority of of the school’s 3,091 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $3,750 and are $6,990 and $8,340 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost roughly $1,512, depending on the program.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Area

Prince George’s Community College

301 Largo Rd, Largo, Maryland 20774-2199
(301) 546-7422
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Prince George’s Community College offers various Associate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in Largo in Prince George’S County, Maryland. Most of the school’s 13,228 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be in the order of $3,650 and are $5,762 and $8,090 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $1,500, 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

See options in the neighboring states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.

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 Maryland. 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.

BaltimoreCambridgeCentrevilleCresaptownDamascusEastonEdgewaterEllicott CityFrederickGaithersburgGermantownHagerstownLeonardtownNewarkNorth EastPomfretPrince FrederickRidgelySalisburySevernSilver SpringWaldorfWestminsterWorton

City: Baltimore

Milford Mill Academy

3800 Washingon Ave., Baltimore, MD 21244
(410) 809-9588

Automotive Program

Contact: Valerie Brennan
Tel: (410) 809-9588
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Sollers Point Technical High School

325 Sollers Point Rd, Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 809-9588

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Valerie Brennan
Tel: (410) 809-9588
Programs: Automobile Service Technology

Western School of Technology

100 Kenwood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21228
(410) 809-9588

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Valerie Brennan
Tel: (410) 809-9588
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Cambridge

Dorchester Career and Technology Center

2465 Cambridge Bypass, Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 901-6950

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Jesse Morris
Tel: (410) 901-6950
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing

Truck Program

Contact: Greg Insley
Tel: (410) 228-3457
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Centreville

Queen Anne’s County High School

125 Ruthsburg Rd., Centreville, MD 21617
(410) 758-0500

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Kevin Prosser
Tel: (410) 758-0500
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Cresaptown

Center for Career & Technical Ed.-Allegany

14211 McMullen Hwy., SW, Cresaptown, MD 21502
(301) 729-6486

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Harry Morgan
Tel: (301) 729-6486
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Dennis Johnson
Tel: (301) 729-6486
Programs: Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing

City: Damascus

Damascus High School

25921 Ridge Rd., Damascus, MD 20872
(301) 962-4810

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Ridchard Gangloff
Tel: (301) 962-4810
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Easton

Easton High School

723 Mecklenburg Ave., Easton, MD 21601
(410) 253-5223

Automotive Program

Contact: Brian Willey
Tel: (410) 253-5223
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Edgewater

Center of Applied Technology South

211 Central Ave., E., Edgewater, MD 21037
(410) 956-5900

Automotive Program

Contact: Bucky Hayes
Tel: (410) 956-5900
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Joseph Rose
Tel: (410) 956-5900
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing, Structural Analysis and Damage Repair

City: Ellicott City

Applications & Research Lab (ARL)

10920 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 313-6636

Automotive Program

Contact: Natalie Belcher
Tel: (410) 313-6636
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Frederick

Frederick County Career & Technology Center

7922 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
(240) 236-8534

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Gary Wilfong
Tel: (240) 236-8534
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Frank Damazo
Tel: (240) 236-8500
Programs: Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing, Structural Analysis and Damage Repair

City: Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg High School

101 Education Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 284-4536

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Curtis Hochtman
Tel: (301) 284-4536
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Germantown

Seneca Valley High School

19401 Crystal Rock Dr., Germantown, MD 20874
(301) 840-2700

Automotive Program

Contact: Richard Gangloff
Tel: (301) 840-2700
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: Hagerstown

Washington County Technical High School

50 West Oak Ridge Dr., Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 766-8050

Automotive Program

Contact: Wayne Violet
Tel: (301) 766-8050
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Terry Baker
Tel: (301) 766-8055
Programs: Mechanical and Electrical, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing, Structural Analysis and Damage Repair

City: Leonardtown

Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center

24005 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, MD 20650
(301) 475-0242

Automotive Program

Contact: Maggie Giles
Tel: (301) 475-0242
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Truck Program

Contact: Maggie Giles
Tel: (301) 475-0242
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Newark

Worcester Technical High School

6290 Worcester Hwy., Newark, MD 21841
(410) 632-5050

Automotive Program

Contact: Anthony Saullo
Tel: (410) 632-5050
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: North East

Cecil County School of Technology

900 North East Rd., North East, MD 21901
(410) 392-8879

Automotive Program

Contact: Nicole Parr
Tel: (410) 392-8879
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: Pomfret

Robert D. Stethem Educational Center

7775 Marshall Corner Rd, Pomfret, MD 20675
(301) 932-1003

Automotive Program

Contact: Brad Willilams
Tel: (301) 932-1003
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Prince Frederick

Career & Technology Academy

330 Dorsey Rd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
(410) 535-7374

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Jamie Cox
Tel: (410) 535-7374
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Ridgely

Caroline Career & Tech. Center

10855 Central Ave., Ridgely, MD 21660
(410) 479-0100

Automotive Program

Contact: Kevin Cahall
Tel: (410) 479-0100
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Salisbury

Parkside High School

1015 Beaglin Park Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804
(410) 677-5144

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: David White
Tel: (410) 677-5144
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Joseph Showacre
Tel: (410) 677-5144
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Structural Analysis and Damage Repair

City: Severn

Center of Applied Technology North

800 Stevenson Rd., Severn, MD 21144
(410) 969-3100

Automotive Program

Contact: Keith Brown
Tel: (410) 969-3100
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Truck Program: AYES

Contact: Keith Brown
Tel: (410) 969-3100
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Mathematics, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Silver Spring

Thomas Edison High School of Technology

12501 Dalewood Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20906
(301) 962-4810

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Rick Gangloff
Tel: (301) 962-4810
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: Waldorf

North Point High School

2500 Davis Rd., Waldorf, MD 20603
(301) 753-1759

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Robert Poore
Tel: (301) 753-1759
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Westminster

Carroll County Career & Technology Center

1229 Washington Rd., Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 751-3669

Automotive Program

Contact: Timothy Haines
Tel: (410) 751-3669
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Truck Program

Contact: Edward Stevens
Tel: (410) 751-3669
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Worton

Kent County High School

25301 Lambs Meadow Rd., Worton, MD 21678
(410) 778-6250

Automotive Program

Contact: Kevin Nelson
Tel: (410) 778-6250
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair