Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Montana

This site offers in depth information on education options for automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics and auto collision repairers in Montana. Moreover, we provide comprehensive data employment prospects and salaries in the treasure state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 2,770 people working as auto mechanics or automotive service technicians in Montana. Additionally, there were 750 people working as automotive collision and glass technicians, as well as a further 1,280 working as bus and truck mechanics or other diesel engine specialists. In the decade to 2024, it is expected that jobs for auto mechanics in the treasure state will expand by 9.7%.

Mechanic Salaries in Montana

The average wage for auto service technicians and mechanics in Montana, as of May 2016, was $18.09 per hour, $37,620 annually (BLS). Auto collision repairers made an average salary of $42,080, or a wage of $20.23 per hour, during the same period, while diesel engine mechanics made $43,600 or $20.96 per hour.

Salaries in Montana by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2,770$18.09$37,620$18,840$60,590
Automotive Body and Related Repairers530$20.23$42,080$25,220$60,600
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers220$15.45$32,140$21,630$41,270
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1,280$20.96$43,600$26,880$65,340

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Montana by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Billings, MT640$19.36$40,270
Great Falls, MT220$16.48$34,270
Missoula, MT310$15.58$32,410

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Billings, MT Area

Montana State University-Billings

1500 University Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-0298
(406) 657-2011
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Montana State University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their Billings campus in the city of Billings. Of the 4,425 students, about 9% are postgraduates. The university is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additionally, the university has NATEF program accreditation. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $5,826 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $18,216 yearly, while books and supplies may cost around $1,460, depending on the program chosen.

Central Montana nonmetropolitan area Area

Montana State University-Northern

300 W 11th St, Havre, Montana 59501
(406) 265-3700
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Bachelor Program

Montana State University offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Bachelor program. Classes are taken at their Northern campus in the town of Havre. This is a full, 4-year public college with 1,234 students, of which 94% are undergraduates. The university is institutionally 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 in the order of $5,371 and for students from outside the state in the order of $17,681 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,200, although this will vary with the program.

Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area Area

Fort Peck Community College

605 Indian Street, Poplar, Montana 59255-0398
(406) 768-6300
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Fort Peck Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Poplar, MT. This public college has in the region of 321 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Fees for tuition are about $2,250 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $700, although this varies from program to program.

Miles Community College

2715 Dickinson Street, Miles City, Montana 59301-4774
(800) 541-9281
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Miles Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Miles City, MT. This public college has in the region of 481 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $3,990 and are $5,220 and $8,310 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,100, depending on the program chosen.

Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area Area

Helena College University of Montana

1115 N Roberts Street, Helena, Montana 59601
(406) 447-6900
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Helena College University of Montana offers various Associate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Helena, MT. Most of the school’s 1,454 students are on 2-year programs. The university is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additionally, the university has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $3,109 and for students from outside the state in the order of $8,409 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,350, although this will vary with the program.

Highlands College of Montana Tech

25 Basin Creek Rd, Butte, Montana 59701
(406) 496-3711
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Highlands College of Montana Tech offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of Butte. The majority of of the school’s 850 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $3,325 and for students from outside the state approximately $8,595 annually, while study materials may cost around $1,100, depending on 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 also the neighbor states of Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

NATEF Accredited Secondary School Programs

At present there are no NATEF accredited high school programs in the state of Montana.