Becoming an Auto Mechanic or Automotive Technician in New Mexico

Someone looking to begin a career as an auto mechanic in New Mexico will find many opportunities available to them. Jobs include automotive technicians, auto body and glass installers and repairers, and bus, truck and diesel specialists. [En Español]

Educational achievements provide additional opportunities for mechanics to advance in their careers. New Mexico offers plenty of ways mechanics can improve their job skills. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications allow mechanics to advance to the highest positions in their field. To become ASE certified a mechanic must pass an exam and have experience related to the job.

The success of a mechanic in New Mexico depends on a number of factors, including education, location and experience. Salaries increase across the board when the mechanic gains more on-the-job experience or earns ASE certifications. Depending on the demographics of the location, the competition and average salary vary for each specialty.

Job Outlook in New Mexico

In May 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 4,230 automotive service technicians and mechanics employed throughout New Mexico. There were 850 automotive body repairers, 150 automotive glass installers and repairers, and an additional 1,510 bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists. According to the BLS, employment in these areas is expected to increase in the state of New Mexico by 0.7 percent overall by 2024.

Mechanic Salaries in New Mexico

In New Mexico, according to BLS statistics, automotive mechanics earned an average salary of $38,490 annually, or $25 per hour, in 2017. Entry-level positions averaged $26,170 annually, or $13 per hour. The average annual salary increased to $49,480, or $24 per hour, as experience grew. Automotive technicians and mechanics earned as much as $60,960 per year, or $29 an hour, in 2017.

The highest paying mechanic jobs in New Mexico in 2017, automotive body and related repairers made an average of $42,720 per year, or $21 per hour. Entry-level mechanics could expect $25,240 per year, or $12 an hour. The highest paying positions for auto body and related repairers earned $63,590 annually as of May 2017.

Automotive glass installers and repairers had the smallest population of employees in New Mexico, as well as the lowest salaries. The average salary for auto glass installers and repairers was $33,130 as of May 2017, or $16 an hour. Salaries for entry-level positions averaged $23,130, while the most advanced positions earned $45,870 annually.

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

In New Mexico, truck and bus mechanics and diesel specialists earned $42,540 a year, or around $21 an hour. Entry-level positions started around $27,070 per year, or an hourly wage of $13, up to $40,150 a year with additional experience. Truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists could expect to earn around $63,310 per year, or $30 an hour.

Popular Automotive Programs in New Mexico

For younger individuals looking to begin their career as a mechanic, New Mexico offers a few Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) programs. Albuquerque has four programs at their career enrichment center for high school students, as well as an automotive service program at West Mesa High School. Both New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs and Roswell Job Corps center in Roswell offer maintenance and light repair programs.

Although there are many college programs in New Mexico, not all are accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). Near Albuquerque, Central New Mexico Community College offers a NATEF-accredited certification for mechanics. Students can earn a certificate of completion in automotive service fundamentals and automotive technology, which will prepare them for any jobs in the industry. The community college also offers an associate degree in transportation technology for students working on certificate programs.

Clovis Community College, another NATEF-accredited school, offers certificate and associate programs in Clovis, NM. The programs focus on curriculum that will best prepare mechanics for the ASE exams, which will allow them to advance in their careers.

San Juan College offers associate and certificate programs in auto body, automotive technology, and diesel technology. All programs for automotive technology at San Juan College are NATEF accredited.

Where to Find Work in New Mexico

New automotive mechanics in New Mexico will find the highest entry-level salaries in the Santa Fe area. Santa Fe also reports the highest annual salaries as well as the least competition, with only 300 employed automotive technicians in 2017. On the other hand, mechanics looking for jobs in New Mexico as auto body repairers or truck, bus or diesel specialists will have to choose between the least competitive areas or the highest paying, since they are not one and the same. Santa Fe has the least competition for all types of auto mechanics, with only 30 bus and truck and diesel specialists employed and 30 glass installers and repairers.

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

The Automotive Technology Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Central New Mexico Community College is taught at their campus in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The college has about 25,760 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. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually about $1,472 and for students from other states in the order of $6,848 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,368, depending on the 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

Clovis Community College’s Certificate-level Automotive Technology program is taught at their campus in the town of Clovis. This public college has round 3,133 students in total, with the majority of students 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. The cost of tuition for in-district students is likely to be in the order of $1,176 and are $1,248 and $2,376 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while books and supplies may cost about $800, although this varies from program to program.

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus

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

Eastern New Mexico University offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are taught at their Roswell campus in the town of Roswell, NM. The college has roughly 2,679 students in total, with most students 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 $1,944 and are $2,088 and $4,920 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,066, depending on the program chosen.

Mesalands Community College

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

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Mesalands Community College is taught at their campus in the town of Tucumcari, NM. Most of the school’s 796 students are on 2-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $1,740 and for out-of-state students approximately $2,796 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,336, although this will depend on the program.

New Mexico Junior College

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

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at New Mexico Junior College is taught at their campus in the town of Hobbs. 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. The cost of tuition for in-district students is usually in the order of $1,248 and are $1,704 and $1,896 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,000, depending on the program chosen.

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo

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

New Mexico State University offers various Associate program options for mechanics. All programs are offered at their Alamogordo campus in Alamogordo in Otero County, NM. The college has about 1,848 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. Fees for tuition for in-district students are likely to be about $1,968 and are $2,328 and $5,280 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost about $1,298, although this will depend on the program.

New Mexico State University-Carlsbad

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

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at New Mexico State University is 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 roughly 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 roughly $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. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Farmington. The college has roughly 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 around $1,474 and for out-of-state students approximately $4,114 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,200, depending on the program chosen.

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

New Mexico State University’s Certificate-level Automotive Technology program is offered at their Dona Ana campus in Las Cruces in Dona Ana County, NM. This public college has about 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 generally around $1,632 and are $1,968 and $5,184 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $1,298, although this will depend on the program.

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

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Luna Community College is taught at their campus in Las Vegas in San Miguel County, New Mexico. The college has in the order of 1,481 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. Tuition fees for in-district students are generally around $962 and are $1,298 and $2,426 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Books and supplies can cost around $1,250, although this will depend on the program.

New Mexico State University-Grants

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

New Mexico State University’s Certificate-level Automotive Technology program is taught at their Grants campus in the town of Grants, New Mexico. 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 usually in the order of $1,896 and are $2,112 and $3,936 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,298, although this will depend on the program.

Northern New Mexico College

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

The Associate’s program in Electromechanical Engineering Technology at Northern New Mexico College is taught at their campus in the town of Espanola. The college has roughly 923 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The college is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,560 and for out-of-state students approximately $13,032 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,200, although this will depend on the program.

University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at University of New Mexico is based at their Gallup campus in the town of Gallup. Most 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 about $1,932 and for students from other states in the order of $4,708 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $1,080, 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

Residents of New Mexico may also wish to review their options in 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