Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in New Mexico

Here you will find comprehensive information on automotive and diesel mechanic schools and education options in New Mexico. Additionally, you will find detailed information job prospects and pay rates. [En Español]

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs that there were 4,490 people working as auto mechanics or automotive service technicians in New Mexico in 2016. Moreover, there were 1,010 persons in employment as auto body and glass repairers, and an additional 1,550 in employment as diesel engine specialists. Employment for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the land of enchantment, in the decade to 2024, is predicted to grow by 0.7%.

Mechanic Salaries in New Mexico

The mean wage for auto service technicians and mechanics in the nation’s 36th most populous state, in 2016, was $18.14 per hour, $37,730 per annum (BLS). Automotive collision repair specialists earned an average annual salary of $43,300, or a wage of $20.82 per hour, during the same year, while diesel mechanics earned $42,860 or $20.60 per hour.

Salaries in New Mexico by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics4,490$18.14$37,730$20,360$58,690
Automotive Body and Related Repairers930$20.82$43,300$24,970$61,620
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers80$15.48$32,190$21,200$43,200
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1,550$20.60$42,860$26,960$63,360

Auto Mechanic Salaries in New Mexico by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Albuquerque, NM2,060$19.22$39,990
Farmington, NM370$17.37$36,130
Las Cruces, NM450$15.67$32,600
Santa Fe, NM300$18.76$39,020

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Albuquerque, NM Area

Central New Mexico Community College

525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
(505) 224-3000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Central New Mexico Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Albuquerque. The majority of of the school’s 25,760 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $1,472 and for students from other states around $6,848 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,368, although this varies from program to program.

Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area Area

Clovis Community College

417 Schepps Blvd, Clovis, New Mexico 88101-8381
(800) 769-1409
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Clovis Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Clovis, NM. Most of the school’s 3,133 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $1,176 and are $1,248 and $2,376 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost in the order of $800, depending on the program.

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus

52 University Blvd, Roswell, New Mexico 88202-6000
(575) 624-7000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Eastern New Mexico University offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are based at their Roswell campus in the town of Roswell, NM. This public college has about 2,679 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-district students is generally in the order of $1,944 and are $2,088 and $4,920 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost around $1,066, depending on the program.

Mesalands Community College

911 S Tenth Street, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401-3352
(575) 461-4413
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Mesalands Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Tucumcari, NM. This public college has about 796 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $1,740 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $2,796 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,336, although this varies from program to program.

New Mexico Junior College

5317 Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
(575) 392-4510
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

New Mexico Junior College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Hobbs, NM. Most of the school’s 2,923 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. The Automotive Technology program is offered with the option of completing a Ford ASSET program. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $1,248 and are $1,704 and $1,896 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,000, although this varies from program to program.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo

2400 North Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310
(575) 439-3600
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

New Mexico State University’s Associate program in Automotive Technology is taught at their Alamogordo campus in Alamogordo in Otero County, New Mexico. The majority of of the school’s 1,848 students are on 2-year programs. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $1,968 and are $2,328 and $5,280 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,298, depending on the program.

New Mexico State University-Carlsbad

1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
(575) 234-9200
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

New Mexico State University offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their Carlsbad campus in Carlsbad in Eddy County. Most of the school’s 1,931 students are on 2-year programs. The university is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-district students is usually in the order of $1,108 and are $1,852 and $3,868 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,298, although this will vary with the program.

Farmington, NM Area

San Juan College

4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico 87402-4699
(505) 326-3311
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

San Juan College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Farmington. The college has about 7,254 students in total, with most students on 2-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. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally about $1,474 and for students from other states approximately $4,114 annually, while books and supplies may cost around $1,200, although this varies from program to program.

Las Cruces, NM Area

New Mexico State University-Dona Ana

2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
(575) 528-7000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

New Mexico State University offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their Dona Ana campus in Las Cruces in Dona Ana County, NM. This public college has around 8,252 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The university is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-district students are usually around $1,632 and are $1,968 and $5,184 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,298, depending on the program chosen.

North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area Area

Luna Community College

336 Luna Drive, Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
(505) 454-2500
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Luna Community College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are based at their campus in Las Vegas in San Miguel County. Most of the school’s 1,481 students are 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. Fees for tuition for in-district students are roughly about $962 and are $1,298 and $2,426 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,250, although this varies from program to program.

New Mexico State University-Grants

1500 Third Street, Grants, New Mexico 87020-2025
(505) 287-6678
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

New Mexico State University offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their Grants campus in the town of Grants. The majority of of the school’s 824 students are on 2-year programs. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be in the order of $1,896 and are $2,112 and $3,936 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost about $1,298, depending on the program chosen.

Northern New Mexico College

921 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, New Mexico 87532
(505) 747-2100
Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Associate Program, Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Certificate Program

Northern New Mexico College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and two Certificate programs. All programs are offered at their campus in the town of Espanola, NM. The majority of of the school’s 923 students are on 4-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 $4,560 and for out-of-state students approximately $13,032 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

705 Gurley Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301
(505) 863-7500
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

The University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their Gallup campus in the town of Gallup. The majority of of the school’s 2,454 students are on 2-year programs. The University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus has institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $1,932 and for students from outside the state in the order of $4,708 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,080, 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

See also the neighbor states of Utah, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

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 New Mexico. 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.

AlbuquerqueHobbsRoswell

City: Albuquerque

Career Enrichment Center

807 Mountain Rd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 247-3658

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Mark Mulroy
Tel: (505) 247-3658
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

West Mesa High School

6701 Fortuna Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121
(505) 275-0722

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Scott McLeod
Tel: (505) 275-0722
Programs: General Service Technician

City: Hobbs

New Mexico Junior College

1 Thunderbird Circle, Hobbs, NM 88240
(575) 492-2858

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Terry Halladay
Tel: (575) 492-2858
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Roswell

Roswell Job Corps Center

57 G St, Roswell, NM 88201
(575) 347-7411

Automotive Program

Contact: David Lawrence
Tel: (575) 347-7411
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair