Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Rhode Island

Below you will discover detailed data on education options for automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics and auto collision repairers in the state of Rhode Island. Additionally, you will find comprehensive facts employment prospects and current pay rates in the ocean state. [En Español]

Job Outlook

In 2016, there were 2,250 people working as auto mechanics or automotive service technicians in the state of Rhode Island as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Moreover, there were 680 people employed as automotive body and glass repair technicians, as well as a further 530 employed as diesel engine mechanics for trucks and buses. Jobs for automotive mechanics in the ocean state are expected to grow by 4.0% in the decade to 2024.

Mechanic Salaries in Rhode Island

The average wage for auto service technicians and mechanics in the country’s 50th largest state, in May 2016, was $20.06 per hour, $41,720 annually (BLS). Auto collision repairers earned an average annual salary of $46,280, or a wage of $22.25 per hour, during the same period, while diesel engine mechanics earned $45,870 or $22.05 per hour.

Salaries in Rhode Island by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics2,250$20.06$41,720$26,270$60,340
Automotive Body and Related Repairers680$22.25$46,280$25,660$63,090
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists530$22.05$45,870$26,720$61,650

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Rhode Island by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Region630$20.10$41,820
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA2,650$20.18$41,980

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Area

New England Institute of Technology

One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818-1205
(401) 739-5000
Automotive Technology – Associate Program

New England Institute of Technology offers various Associate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in East Greenwich in Kent County. This is a full, 4-year private college with 2,919 students, of which 96% are undergraduates. 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 cost of tuition is in the order of $26,151 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,521, although this will vary with 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 Rhode Island may also wish to review their options in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.

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 Rhode Island. 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.

CoventryEast ProvidenceLincolnNewportProvidenceWarwickWoonsocket

City: Coventry

Regional Career & Technical Center @ Coventry High School

40 Reservoir Rd., Coventry, RI 2816
(401) 822-9499

Automotive Program

Contact: Lori Ferguson
Tel: (401) 822-9499
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: East Providence

East Providence Area Career & Technical Center

1998 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, RI 2914
(401) 437-7815

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Joseph Barroso
Tel: (401) 437-7815
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Lincoln

William M. Davies Career & Technical High School

50 Jenckes Hill Rd., Lincoln, RI 2865
(401) 725-1500

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Michael Strojny
Tel: (401) 725-1500
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Auto Body/Collision Program

Contact: Michael Strojny
Tel: (401) 725-1500
Programs: Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing

City: Newport

Newport Area Career & Technical Center

15 Wickham Rd., Newport, RI 2840
(401) 849-3608

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Daniel Pontes
Tel: (401) 849-3608
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension & Steering

City: Providence

Providence Career & Technical Academy

41 Fricker St., Providence, RI 2903
(401) 456-9136

Automotive Program

Contact: Ramon Torres
Tel: (401) 456-9136
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Warwick

Warwick Area Career & Technical Center

575 Centerville Rd., Warwick, RI 2886
(401) 734-3164

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: David Tibbetts
Tel: (401) 734-3164
Programs: Master Automobile Service Technology

City: Woonsocket

Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Ctr.

400 Aylsworth Ave., Woonsocket, RI 2895
(401) 767-4673

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Philippe Jacques
Tel: (401) 767-4673
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair