Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Nebraska

This page provides comprehensive data on automotive and diesel mechanic schools and education options in Nebraska. Furthermore, we offer in depth facts employment prospects and salaries in the cornhusker state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In May 2016, as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were around 4,440 persons employed as automotive technicians in the state of Nebraska. Additionally, there were 1,410 people working as auto body and glass repairers, as well as a further 2,550 working as diesel engine specialists. Employment for automotive mechanics in the cornhusker state is expected to expand by 5.2% in the decade to 2024.

Mechanic Salaries in Nebraska

The average wage for auto service technicians and mechanics in Nebraska, in May 2016, was $19.26 per hour, $40,060 annually (BLS). Automotive collision repair specialists made an average annual salary of $42,890 during the same period, and bus and truck engine mechanics made $43,350 or $20.84 per hour.

Salaries in Nebraska by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics4,440$19.26$40,060$21,780$61,350
Automotive Body and Related Repairers1,410$20.62$42,890$22,140$67,720
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers**$16.71$34,750$26,520$46,110
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists2,550$20.84$43,350$27,700$61,330

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Nebraska by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Grand Island, NE230$17.70$36,810
Lincoln, NE630$19.42$40,400
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA2,200$20.75$43,150
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA460$17.68$36,760

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area Area

Central Community College

3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903
(308) 398-4222
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Central Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Grand Island. The majority of of the school’s 6,227 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 for students living in the state is around $2,880 and for out-of-state students around $4,140 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,500, although this varies from program to program.

Lincoln, NE Area

Southeast Community College Area

301 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-2449
(402) 471-3333
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Southeast Community College Area offers various Associate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. The majority of of the school’s 9,248 students are on 2-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 Automotive Technology program is offered with the option of completing a GM ASEP program. Tuition fees for in-state students are in the order of $3,214 and for students from outside the state in the order of $3,929 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,650, although this will vary with the program.

Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area Area

Northeast Community College

801 E Benjamin, Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-0469
(402) 371-2020
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Northeast Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Norfolk. Most of the school’s 5,051 students are 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be about $3,285 and for students from other states likely to be about $4,365 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,554, although this varies from program to program.

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Area

Metropolitan Community College Area

30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
(402) 457-2400
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Metropolitan Community College Area offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in the city of Omaha. The college has about 14,812 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $2,880 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $4,208 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,350, although this varies from program to program.

Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area Area

Mid-Plains Community College

1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, Nebraska 69101
(800) 658-4308
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Mid-Plains Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of North Platte. Most of the school’s 2,235 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $2,970 and for out-of-state students approximately $3,720 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,600, although this will depend on the program.

Western Nebraska Community College

1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899
(308) 635-3606
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Western Nebraska Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Scottsbluff. This public college has about 1,534 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. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $2,700 and for out-of-state students approximately $2,928 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,500, depending on the program chosen.

* 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 Nebraska may also wish to review their options in South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.

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 Nebraska. 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.

Omaha

City: Omaha

Metropolitan Community College

2909 Ed. Babe Gomez Ave, Omaha, NE 68111
(531) 622-4691

Automotive Program

Contact: Al Cox
Tel: (531) 622-4691
Programs: Master Automobile Service Technology

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Pat McKibbin
Tel: (402) 738-4035
Programs: Damage Analysis/Estimating/Customer Serv, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing