Becoming a Mechanic or Automotive Technician in Maine

Becoming an auto mechanic can be a great option for anyone who likes to service and repair all types of vehicles. Automotive mechanics in Maine have lots of career choices available to them, but the most common include service technicians, collision repair and auto body workers, diesel mechanics and auto glass installers and repairers. Each area of the automotive field has different requirements that need to be met in order for an employer to consider a potential candidate. [En Español]

In Maine, auto mechanics are not required to possess a license to maintain and repair cars and other light vehicles. Those who choose not to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate can still get a job as an auto mechanic in Maine, because some entry-level positions require only a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent. Entering the workforce as an auto mechanic without a formal education can still be a rewarding career as you can work your way up with skill and hard work. You can always enroll in a technical college down the line, and many vocational, technical and community colleges have programs that start every three-to-six weeks.

If you are looking to earn a degree or certificate in automotive technology, you will find a broader range of job prospects available to you upon completion. Manufacturer-specific and specialized auto mechanic jobs often require certifications or degrees in automotive technology from an accredited post-secondary institution. Depending on your professional goals, you may want to consider earning an auto technology degree or certificate, which can help you attain your dream job faster and often a higher salary.

The Job Outlook in Maine

In May 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a total of 6,020 auto mechanics employed in the state of Maine. Of that total, there were 3,990 auto mechanics and service technicians, 770 auto body and collision specialists, 1,180 diesel mechanics and 80 auto glass workers. The BLS also stated that the overall U.S. job growth rate for auto mechanic workers will be six percent over the next several years.

Mechanic Salaries in Maine

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report from May 2017 listed auto mechanic salaries in four different specialties. The average salary for each is as follows, from lowest to highest wages:

  • Auto glass installers and repairers: $17.11 per hour, or $35,580 per year
  • Auto mechanics and service technicians: $18.10 per hour, or $37,640 per year
  • Auto collision repair and auto body workers: $19.88 per hour, or $41,340 per year
  • Diesel mechanics of trucks and buses: $21.10 per hour, or $43,880 per year

Salaries in Maine by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3,820$17.88$37,200$23,240$56,020
Automotive Body and Related Repairers800$19.23$40,010$23,870$59,580
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers**$17.50$36,390$26,240$50,150
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1,250$20.76$43,180$30,540$58,320

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Maine by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bangor, ME480$16.81$34,960
Bangor, ME420$20.68$43,010
Lewiston-Auburn, ME320$15.42$32,070
Portland-South Portland, ME1,110$20.97$43,610
Portland-South Portland, ME510$23.06$47,960

Auto Mechanic Programs in Maine

Maine has plenty of colleges with modern automotive labs and experienced instructors. Students can earn both degrees and certificates in automotive technology that will prepare them for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificate exams. A couple of community colleges where students can improve their skills and their future as an auto mechanic are:

  • Southern Maine Community College.Students can enroll in an Associate Degree in Applied Science for the Automotive Technology program. Shops at the SMCC campus are state-of-the-art, and students receive hands on training from their instructors.
  • Eastern Maine Community College. The Automotive Technology program at EMCC provides students with the theoretical foundation as well as practical application in the diagnosing, maintaining, servicing and repairing of modern automobiles.

ASE Certification

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence offers a certification credential that is used to identify auto mechanics who have the necessary knowledge and experience needed to meet quality standards in the automotive industry. Auto mechanics who earn the ASE certificate have proven that they can accurately diagnose, repair and service automotive vehicles, including standard automobiles and light trucks and diesel engines in heavy trucks and buses.

In order to qualify to take the ASE exam, mechanics must have at least two years of auto mechanic work experience or one year of related work experience plus a post-secondary certificate or degree in automotive technology. The ASE certificate provides proof of a mechanic’s proficiency in the field and that he or she has met the national requirements.

Working as an Auto Mechanic in Maine

Maine has auto mechanic jobs available throughout the state, but the highest concentration of jobs are found in the Portland and South Portland areas, where there were a total of 1,030 mechanics reported by the BLS in May 2017. Bangor and Portsmouth areas have about half as many jobs but are still solid cities to look for mechanic work.

Most jobs for auto mechanics in Maine are at places like car dealerships, custom auto body shops, lube and brake shops, tire stores and diesel fleet companies. Skilled mechanics who are good at working with customers and their vehicles are in demand all over the state.

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Bangor, ME Area

Eastern Maine Community College

354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Maine 04401
(207) 974-4600
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Eastern Maine Community College’s Certificate-level Automotive Technology program is taught at their campus in the city of Bangor. The majority of of the school’s 2,732 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. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly around $3,676 and for out-of-state students around $6,436 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,000, although this will vary with the program.

Lewiston-Auburn, ME Area

Central Maine Community College

1250 Turner Street, Auburn, Maine 04210-6498
(207) 755-5100
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Central Maine Community College offers various Associate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in Auburn in Androscoggin County, ME. The college has roughly 2,984 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for in-state students is in the order of $3,540 and for students from outside the state in the order of $6,300 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,200, although this will vary with the program.

Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area Area

Northern Maine Community College

33 Edgemont Dr, Presque Isle, Maine 04769-2016
(207) 768-2700
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Northern Maine Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are based at their campus in the town of Presque Isle, ME. The majority of of the school’s 931 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $3,464 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,224 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,400, although this varies from program to program.

Washington County Community College

One College Drive, Calais, Maine 04619
(207) 454-1000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Washington County Community College’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is based at their campus in the town of Calais, Maine. This public college has roughly 482 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is in the order of $3,719 and for students from outside the state around $7,238 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,000, depending on the program chosen.

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Area

Southern Maine Community College

2 Fort Road, South Portland, Maine 04106-1698
(207) 741-5975
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Southern Maine Community College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of South Portland. Most of the school’s 6,045 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. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $3,760 and for students from outside the state in the order of $6,520 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,400, although this will vary with 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 New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.

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 Maine. 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.

AugustaBangorBrunswickEllsworthHoultonLimestoneLincolnNaplesPortlandRocklandSkowheganSouth ParisWaldoWatervilleWestbrook

City: Augusta

Capital Area Technical Center

40 Pierce Dr., Augusta, ME 4330
(207) 626-2475

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Joseph Rabideau
Tel: (207) 626-2475
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Philip Dow
Tel: (207) 626-2475
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Painting and Refinishing

City: Bangor

United Technologies Center

200 Hogan Rd., Bangor, ME 4401
(207) 217-8655

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Steve Dyer
Tel: (207) 217-8655
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Stephen Dyer
Tel: (207) 217-8655
Programs: Painting and Refinishing

City: Brunswick

Maine Region Ten Technical High School

68 Church Rd., Brunswick, ME 4011
(207) 729-6622

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Garry Carr
Tel: (207) 729-6622
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing

City: Ellsworth

Hancock County Technical Center

112 Boggy Brook Rd., Ellsworth, ME 4605
(207) 667-9729

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Joshua Reardon
Tel: (207) 667-9729
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: Houlton

Region Two School of Applied Technology

5 Bird Street, Houlton, ME 4730
(207) 532-9541

Automotive Program

Contact: Kenneth Winiarski
Tel: (207) 532-9541
Programs: General Service Technician

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Ammie Toby London
Tel: (207) 532-9541
Programs: Painting and Refinishing

City: Limestone

Loring Job Corps Center

36 Montana Rd., Limestone, ME 4750
(204) 325-4025

Automotive Program

Contact: Nicole Butler
Tel: (204) 325-4025
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Lincoln

Northern Penobscot Tech Region III

35 W. Broadway, Lincoln, ME 4457
(207) 794-3004

Automotive Program

Contact: Cassidy Ouellette
Tel: (207) 794-3004
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Naples

Lake Region Vocational Center

1879 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, ME 4055
(207) 693-3864

Automotive Program

Contact: Steven Christy
Tel: (207) 693-3864
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Portland

Portland Arts and Technical Center

196 Allen Ave., Portland, ME 4103
(207) 874-8165

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: John Carmichael
Tel: (207) 874-8165
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Suspension & Steering

City: Rockland

Mid-Coast School of Technology

1 Main St., Rockland, ME 4841
(207) 549-2161

Automotive Program

Contact: Tom Vannah
Tel: (207) 549-2161
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Danica Wooster
Tel: (207) 594-2161
Programs: Painting and Refinishing

City: Skowhegan

Somerset Career & Technical Center

61 Academy Circle, Skowhegan, ME 4976
(207) 858-1102

Automotive Program

Contact: Mark Wilson
Tel: (207) 858-1102
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: South Paris

Oxford Hills Technical School

256 Main St., South Paris, ME 4281
(207) 743-7756

Automotive Program

Contact: Peter Arntsten
Tel: (207) 743-7756
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program: AYES

Contact: Frederick Steeves
Tel: (207) 743-7756
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing

City: Waldo

Waldo County Technical Center

1022 Waterville Rd., Waldo, ME 4915
(207) 342-5231

Automotive Program

Contact: Ryan Stackpole
Tel: (207) 342-5231
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Gilman Russell
Tel: (207) 342-5231
Programs: Painting and Refinishing

City: Waterville

Mid-Maine Technical Center

3 Brooklyn Ave., Waterville, ME 4901
(207) 873-0102

Automotive Program

Contact: David Hatt
Tel: (207) 873-0102
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: David Hatt
Tel: (207) 873-0102
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing

City: Westbrook

Westbrook Regional Vocational Center

125 Stoudwater St., Westbrook, ME 4092
(207) 854-0820

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Carter Waldren
Tel: (207) 854-0820
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension & Steering