Becoming a Mechanic or Automotive Technician in Puerto Rico

If you love to work with your hands and want a career that helps people, consider becoming an automotive service technician or truck or diesel mechanic. The work is interesting and always changing, there is good growth in the field across the U.S. of six percent, and it doesn’t take long to train and get the skills needed to do the job. As in other areas of the country, skilled mechanics are in demand in Puerto Rico.[En Español]

The Job Outlook for Automotive Mechanics in Puerto Rico

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in the industry is six percent. There will be more jobs throughout the country going forward and a need for qualified individuals to fill them. According to the BLS May 2017 report, there were 3,140 mechanics and 1,080 bus and truck specialists working in Puerto Rico that month. The area of the island with the highest employment for mechanics is in and around San Juan, Carolina and Caguas.

Salaries for Auto Mechanics in Puerto Rico

According to the BLS, the average 2017 salary for auto service techs in Puerto Rico was $9.78 per hour or $20,350 annually. With more specialized skills, diesel mechanics earned an average of $12.50 per hour or $25,990 per year. The highest salaries were in San Juan, Carolina, Caguas and Mayaguez. Earnings can be higher with more years of experience and specialized skills, but it is also important to remember that the BLS numbers may not accurately reflect reality on the island. Austerity measures have lowered minimum wage in Puerto Rico to $7.25 per hour, which has lowered the salaries of many workers, including mechanics.

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Puerto Rico by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Aguadilla-Isabela, PR200$8.74$18,170
Arecibo, PR160$9.25$19,240
Mayagüez, PR160$10.15$21,100
Ponce, PR240$9.72$20,210
San German, PR60$8.98$18,670
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR2,390$9.68$20,120

Automotive Technology Programs in Puerto Rico

To become a mechanic in Puerto Rico it is important to learn the skills necessary to do the job. This means completing a post-secondary program in automotive technology. This type of program prepares you to be placed in an entry-level position where you can continue to learn and train on the job.

  • Colegio Mayor de Tecnologia, Arroyo. In Arroyo, students can choose to complete the certificate program in automotive technology to jumpstart a career as an auto tech. The program takes 72 weeks to complete and costs about $12,834 in tuition and other fees. The school reports an 87-percent success rate in placing students in jobs after graduation.
  • Dewey University, Bayamon, Carolina, Fajardo and Juana Díaz. There are several locations to choose from for Dewey students. Each campus has an automotive technician certificate program to prepare students for entry-level jobs. The program usually takes less than two years to complete.
  • Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia, San Juan. In the capital, students can complete the automotive technology program at Liceo. It takes 14 months to finish and includes 60 credits of coursework with both lecture-style classes and hands-on training.
  • Mech-Tech College, Caguas. Students in Caguas have the option of completing the Mech-Tech certificate program in automotive technology. It takes about 15 months to complete and costs an estimated $11,430 in tuition and other fees.

There are no automotive technology programs in Puerto Rico that are specifically for high school students. However, younger students may be able to begin training as mechanics by enrolling early in one of the college programs.

Achieving ASE Certification

When you finish one of these certificate programs on your path to becoming an automotive service technician, it is just the first step. With your first job after graduation you will continue learning as you train under master mechanics. With two years of work experience, or one year of experience plus a certificate, you will become eligible to take certification exams through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE certifications are numerous and awarded by specialty area. Getting certified is a way to have more job opportunities and to earn a higher salary.

Job Opportunities for Mechanics in Puerto Rico

It may be possible to find a job without having completed a post-secondary certificate program, but most employers want to see that you have that basic education. With your certificate you should be able to find entry-level work in car dealerships, service stations, body shops, trucking companies and other settings. There are more opportunities in higher population centers, like the area around San Juan.

Popular Colleges

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College Programs

Aguadilla-Isabela, PR Area

Automeca Technical College-Aguadilla

Parque Industrial La Montana Km09 Edif932, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00605
(787) 882-2828
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Automeca Technical College can be taken at their Aguadilla campus in Aguadilla in Aguadilla County. The college has about 235 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees are around $7,441 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $300, although this will vary with the program.

Guayama, PR Area

Colegio Mayor de Tecnologia Inc

151, Morse Street, Arroyo, Puerto Rico 00714-0270
(787) 839-5266 x201
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Automotive Technology Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Colegio Mayor de Tecnologia Inc is based at their campus in Arroyo in Arroyo County. Most of the school’s 140 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are broadly in the order of $12,834 per year, while study materials may cost in the order of $850. Usually, the program is completed in 17 months.

Ponce, PR Area

Automeca Technical College-Ponce

Calle Villa No.452, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00731
(787) 840-7880
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Automeca Technical College’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is based at their Ponce campus in the city of Ponce, PR. The college has about 210 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $7,441 per year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $300, although this will depend on the program.

San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, PR Area

Automeca Technical College-Bayamon

Carr.No.2 Km14.0 Hato Tejas, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00961
(787) 779-6161
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Automotive Technology Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Automeca Technical College is based at their Bayamon campus in Bayamon in Bayamon County. The college has round 444 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. The cost of tuition is in the order of $7,441 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $300, although this varies from program to program.

Automeca Technical College-Caguas

Calle Munoz Rivera No.69, Caguas, Puerto Rico 00725
(787) 746-3468
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Automeca Technical College can be taken at their Caguas campus in the city of Caguas. Most of the school’s 169 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees are usually around $7,441 annually. Study materials can cost around $300, depending on the program chosen.

Dewey University-Bayamon

Industrial Park Corujo 2446 Rd #2, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00959-0000
(787) 778-1200
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Dewey University’s Certificate-level Automotive Technician program is offered at their Bayamon campus in Bayamon in Bayamon County. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 165 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The cost of tuition is generally in the order of $7,495 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $1,500, although this will depend on the program.

Dewey University-Carolina

Road 3 Compound 11 Lot 7 Carolina Industrial Park, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00986
(787) 753-1515
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technician at Dewey University is taught at their Carolina campus in the city of Carolina, PR. This private, not-for-profit college has about 430 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Tuition fees are usually around $7,495 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,500, depending on the program chosen.

Dewey University-Fajardo

267 Valero St, Fajardo, Puerto Rico 00910
(787) 860-1212
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Dewey University’s Certificate program in Automotive Technician is taught at their Fajardo campus in Fajardo in San Juan County. The majority of of the school’s 141 students are on 2-year programs. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The cost of tuition is in the order of $7,495 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,500, although this varies from program to program.

Dewey University-Juana Díaz

Bo. Lomas, Road 149, Km. 67.02, Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico 00910
(787) 260-1023 x0
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Dewey University’s Certificate program is based at their Juana Díaz campus in Juana Diaz in San Juan County. This private, not-for-profit college has round 214 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. The university is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Fees for tuition are usually about $7,495 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,500, depending on the program chosen.

Industrial Technical College

Francisco Vega No. 15, Humacao, Puerto Rico 00791
(787) 656-8555
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Automotive Technology Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Industrial Technical College is offered at their campus in Humacao in Humacao County, PR. The majority of of the school’s 202 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The cost of tuition is generally in the order of $6,480 yearly. Books and supplies can cost about $150, although this will depend on the program.

Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia

405 Ponce de Leon Ave., San Juan, Puerto Rico 00917
(787) 999-2473 x2246
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Liceo de Arte y Tecnologia offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program, an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in the city of San Juan. Most of the school’s 1,519 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are usually around $11,305 annually. Study materials can cost around $2,982. Typically, the program is completed in 14 months.

Mech-Tech College

Num 39-40 B St W Industrial Pk, Caguas, Puerto Rico 00725-0000
(787) 744-1060 x1000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technology at Mech-Tech College can be taken at their campus in the city of Caguas. This private, for-profit college has round 2,975 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Tuition fees are around $9,042 per year, while books and supplies may cost about $400, although this varies from program to program.

Professional Technical Institution Inc

Calle Comerio Final 20.5 La Aldea, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00959
(787) 740-6810
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Auto Body/Automotive Collision Repair – Associate Program

Professional Technical Institution Inc offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are offered at their campus in Bayamon in Bayamon County. Most of the school’s 244 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are usually about $10,050 for each academic year. Study materials can cost in the order of $700. Program completion is usually 15 months.

* 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.

NATEF Accredited Secondary School Programs

At present there are no NATEF accredited high school programs in Puerto Rico.