Becoming an Auto Mechanic or Automotive Technician in New Hampshire
If you are looking for work as an automotive technician or truck and diesel mechanic, you can find a variety of jobs in New Hampshire. There are also many educational opportunities if you want to complete a degree or certification program, but neither is required for entry-level positions. After two years of work as an automotive technician, a mechanic is eligible to obtain Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification to advance in their field. [En Español]
According to the May 2017 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 3,780 automotive technicians and mechanics employed in New Hampshire at that time. There were an additional 640 auto body repairers, 110 auto glass installers and 1,010 truck and diesel mechanics. The employment rate for mechanics in New Hampshire is expected to increase by 3.5 percent between 2017 and 2024, which is indicative of the increasing opportunities available for mechanics.
The average annual salary for an automotive technician in New Hampshire is around $45,070, and a highly experienced auto technician can earn up to $65,090 a year. For truck and diesel mechanics, the average salary is slightly higher at $48,100 per year, and those in the top 10 percentiles earned $63,460 a year. Mechanics can find the best-paid jobs in and around Portsmouth, as well as the regions surrounding nearby Boston and Cambridge, MA, and Nashua, N.H.
Salaries in New Hampshire by Occupation
|Occupation||Total Employed||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary||Lowest 10%||Highest 10%|
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||3,720||$20.67||$42,990||$25,580||$63,490|
|Automotive Body and Related Repairers||660||$20.22||$42,070||$27,250||$58,410|
|Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers||70||$19.60||$40,780||$27,740||$60,260|
|Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists||880||$22.49||$46,790||$33,340||$62,770|
Auto Mechanic Salaries in New Hampshire by Region
|Region||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
Popular Automotive Programs in New Hampshire
Not all automotive jobs require previous experience or training, but it is helpful to have prior knowledge. For high school students, graduates of programs accredited by the Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES) are the most competitive. Those who choose to learn automotive technology in college should look for a school with a program accredited by the National Automotive Technology Educational Foundation (NATEF).
New Hampshire offers four high school AYES programs: Concord Regional Technology Center, Salem High School, Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter and Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Concord Regional Technology Center has a general technician program, whereas the other schools offer maintenance and light repair programs. All high school programs in New Hampshire are NATEF-accredited.
The following two colleges have automotive technology programs:
- Manchester Community College. Manchester offers an excellent associate degree program in automotive technology with available manufacturer pathways in Chrysler, Ford, Audi and Subaru. A global pathway program is offered as well, focusing on companies in Europe. The associate program is expected to take two years to complete, and an additional one-year certificate program is available. Manchester Community College requires students to complete an internship if they are working to earn their automotive technology certificate, to further ready them for ASE certification.
- Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. An associate program is available with flexible hours for students and an opportunity to complete an additional one-year certificate program. This is taught by certified technicians prepared to train students to become ASE certified. Lakes Region Community College is a NATEF-accredited school.
After gaining on-the-job experience, an automotive technician is eligible to get an ASE certificate. ASE certificates, offered for over 50 specifications, show employers and customers that the mechanic is highly qualified and has enough experience and expertise to perform more advanced tasks in the field. A mechanic must have two years of work experience, or a year of work after obtaining an associate degree, in order to take an ASE certification exam.
Where to Find Work in New Hampshire
There are available auto mechanic jobs throughout New Hampshire. Dover and Portsmouth offer the least competition for automotive specialties, as well as Manchester, which had very few mechanics employed as of 2017.
Mechanics who studied under one of the manufacturer-specific programs will be hired to work as certified technicians or dealers for one of close to a dozen companies, including Audi, Subaru and Chrysler. Auto technicians can work for dealerships, service stations and independent shops with a wide variety of vehicle work.
1066 Front St, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102-8518
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program
The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Manchester Community College is based at their campus in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. The college has about 2,968 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $6,912 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $15,072 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,400, although this varies from program to program.
505 Amherst St, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063-1026
Automotive Technology – Associate Program
Nashua Community College’s Associate program in Automotive Technology is taught at their campus in the city of Nashua. Most of the school’s 2,056 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. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually around $6,912 and for out-of-state students in the order of $15,072 per year. Books and supplies can cost in the order of $1,400, although this will depend on the program.
2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, New Hampshire 03570
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program
White Mountains Community College’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is based at their campus in the town of Berlin, NH. The college has in the order of 1,001 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $7,344 and for students from other states around $15,504 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,400, although this varies from program to program.
379 Belmont Road, Laconia, New Hampshire 03246
Automotive Technology – Associate Program
The Associate’s degree program in Automotive Technology at Lakes Region Community College is based at their campus in the town of Laconia. This public college has about 1,170 students in total, with the majority of 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 Automotive Technology program is offered with the option of completing a GM ASEP program. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $6,642 and for students from other states around $14,802 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,400, 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.
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 New Hampshire. 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.