Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in North Dakota

This webpage provides in depth information on college listings, both public and provide, for auto and diesel mechanics, and auto body repairers in the state of North Dakota. Furthermore, you will find in depth facts employment prospects and local pay rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were around 2,210 persons employed as automotive technicians in the state of North Dakota in 2016. In addition, there were 590 people working as auto body and glass repairers, as well as a further 1,850 working as diesel engine specialists. In the decade to 2024, it is predicted that jobs for auto mechanics in the peace garden state will fall slightly by 2.8%.

Mechanic Salaries in North Dakota

In May 2016, the average salary for auto service technicians and mechanics in the country’s 19th largest state was $42,250 (BLS), or about $20.31 per hour. Auto collision repairers made an average salary of $49,720, or a wage of $23.91 per hour, during the same period, while diesel engine mechanics made $51,700 or $24.86 per hour.

Salaries in North Dakota by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2,210$20.31$42,250$22,850$63,730
Automotive Body and Related Repairers590$23.91$49,720$31,400$76,590
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers**$16.92$35,180$22,050$57,150
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1,850$24.86$51,700$33,700$73,380

Auto Mechanic Salaries in North Dakota by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Bismarck, ND420$21.11$43,920
Fargo, ND-MN610$19.20$39,930
Grand Forks, ND-MN270$18.44$38,350

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Bismarck, ND Area

Bismarck State College

1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587
(701) 224-5400
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Bismarck State College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Bismarck. The college has around 4,078 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally 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 around $3,659 and for out-of-state students around $8,528 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,100, depending on the program chosen.

United Tribes Technical College

3315 University Dr, Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
(701) 255-3285 x1216
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

United Tribes Technical College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Bismarck in Burleigh County. This private, not-for-profit college has about 391 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-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 are, as a rough guide, about $5,757 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,400, although this varies from program to program.

East Central North Dakota Area

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

214 1st Ave, Fort Totten, North Dakota 58335
(701) 766-4415
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Cankdeska Cikana Community College’s Associate program is offered at their campus in Fort Totten in Benson County, North Dakota. Most of the school’s 188 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 is, as a rough guide, around $3,300 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $700, although this varies from program to program.

Lake Region State College

1801 College Dr N, Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301-1598
(701) 662-1600
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Lake Region State College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics, a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in the town of Devils Lake, ND. This public college has roughly 1,918 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. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $4,203 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,000, although this will vary with the program.

Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area Area

North Dakota State College of Science

800 N 6th St, Wahpeton, North Dakota 58076-0002
(701) 671-2403
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

North Dakota State College of Science offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in the town of Wahpeton. The college has round 3,123 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. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,697 and for students from other states around $12,059 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,000, depending on the program.

Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area Area

Williston State College

1410 University Ave, Williston, North Dakota 58801
(701) 774-4200
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Williston State College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the town of Williston, North Dakota. This public college has round 1,038 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. The cost of tuition is in the order of $5,027 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost about $1,100, 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 also the neighbor states of Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota.

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 North Dakota. 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.

BelcourtBismarckFargoGraftonJamestownMandanMinotOakesValley CityWahpeton

City: Belcourt

Turtle Mountain Community High School

View School’s Web Site, Belcourt, ND 58316
(701) 477-6471

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Ryan Keplin
Tel: (701) 477-6471
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Bismarck

Bismarck Technical Center

1200 College Dr, Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 224-5560

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Richard Bahm
Tel: (701) 224-5560
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Painting and Refinishing

City: Fargo

Fargo South High School

1840 15th Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 446-2153

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Tom Cross
Tel: (701) 446-2153
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Grafton

North Valley Career and Technology Center

1540 School Rd., Grafton, ND 58237
(218) 201-2322

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Randy Kennedy
Tel: (218) 201-2322
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Jamestown

James Valley Career & Technology

910-12th Ave., NE, Jamestown, ND 58401
(701) 952-4169

Automotive Program

Contact: Thomas Copeland
Tel: (701) 952-4169
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Kevin Kubat
Tel: (701) 252-8841
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Painting and Refinishing

City: Mandan

Mandan High School

905-8th Ave., NW, Mandan, ND 58554
(701) 663-3668

Automotive Program

Contact: Jeff Kostelecky
Tel: (701) 663-3668
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Minot

Minot High School

615 E Burdick Expy, Minot, ND 58701
(701) 854-4500

Automotive Program

Contact: Jami Decent
Tel: (701) 854-4500
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Dennis Ness
Tel: (701) 857-4620
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Painting and Refinishing

City: Oakes

Southeast Region Career & Technology Center

924 S 7th St., Oakes, ND 58474
(701) 742-3248

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: John Andrus
Tel: (701) 742-3248
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Valley City

Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Technology Center

801 Valley Ave., SE, Valley City, ND 58072
(701) 845-0256

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: James McFadgen
Tel: (701) 845-0256
Programs: General Service Technician

City: Wahpeton

Southeast Region Career & Tech. Center

2101 9th St., N., Wahpeton, ND 58075
(701) 671-2442

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Peter Mandt
Tel: (701) 671-2442
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair