Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in Wisconsin

Below you will find comprehensive information on training options for automotive and diesel mechanics, as well as auto body repair technicians, in Wisconsin. Furthermore, we offer detailed data employment prospects and wage rates in the state of Wisconsin. [En Español]

Job Outlook

As stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2016, there were around 11,970 persons employed as automotive technicians in the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, there were 3,700 persons employed as auto collision technicians, and glass installers and repairers, and an additional 6,130 employed as bus and truck mechanics. Employment for automotive mechanics in the badger state is predicted to grow by 2.1% in the decade to 2024, which is lower than 5.3 growth predicted nationwide.

Mechanic Salaries in Wisconsin

The mean wage for auto service technicians and mechanics in the nation’s 20th most populous state, in May 2016, was $18.98 per hour, $39,480 annually (BLS). Auto body repairers made an average salary of $39,600 during the same period, while diesel engine mechanics made $45,360 or $21.81 per hour.

Salaries in Wisconsin by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics11,970$18.98$39,480$22,870$59,440
Automotive Body and Related Repairers3,580$19.04$39,600$25,510$58,980
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers120$18.95$39,410$28,140$50,280
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists6,130$21.81$45,360$31,240$61,280

Auto Mechanic Salaries in Wisconsin by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Appleton, WI470$19.23$39,990
Appleton, WI19,380$22.11$45,980
Appleton, WI790$17.87$37,160
Eau Claire, WI410$21.41$44,530
Fond du Lac, WI200$18.85$39,200
Green Bay, WI670$20.20$42,020
Janesville-Beloit, WI370$19.16$39,860
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN390$16.02$33,310
Madison, WI1,410$20.34$42,300
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI3,530$20.04$41,680
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI6,030$20.25$42,120
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI310$19.17$39,870
Racine, WI460$17.29$35,960
Sheboygan, WI290$19.09$39,710
Wausau, WI320$17.19$35,750

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Appleton, WI Area

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912-2277
(920) 735-5600
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Fox Valley Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in Appleton in Outagamie County, WI. The majority of of the school’s 10,901 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $4,436 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,391 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,820, although this varies from program to program.

Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area Area

Lakeshore Technical College

1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, Wisconsin 53015-1414
(920) 693-1000 x1192
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Lakeshore Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in Cleveland in Manitowoc County, WI. This public college has in the order of 2,837 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. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,125 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,081 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,820, depending on the program chosen.

Eau Claire, WI Area

Chippewa Valley Technical College

620 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-6162
(715) 833-6200
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Chippewa Valley Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Eau Claire, WI. Most of the school’s 6,017 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. Tuition fees for in-state students are around $4,238 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,218 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,819, although this will depend on the program.

Fond du Lac, WI Area

Moraine Park Technical College

235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
(920) 929-2483
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Moraine Park Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Fond du Lac. The majority of of the school’s 6,294 students are 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is in the order of $4,340 and for students from outside the state around $6,295 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,819, although this will vary with the program.

Green Bay, WI Area

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54307-9042
(920) 498-5400
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Green Bay. The college has approximately 10,096 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. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $4,355 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,310 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,819, although this will depend on the program.

Janesville, WI Area

Blackhawk Technical College

6004 County Road G, Janesville, Wisconsin 53546-6458
(608) 758-6900
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

The Certificate program in Automotive Technician at Blackhawk Technical College is offered at their campus in Janesville in Rock County, WI. The majority of of the school’s 2,249 students are 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 around $4,107 and for out-of-state students approximately $6,062 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,665, depending on the program chosen.

La Crosse, WI-MN Area

Western Technical College

400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
(608) 785-9200
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Western Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The college has about 4,044 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. The cost of tuition for in-state students is around $3,776 and for out-of-state students in the order of $6,166 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,616, depending on the program chosen.

Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division Area

Gateway Technical College

3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
(262) 564-2200
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Gateway Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are based at their campus in Kenosha in Kenosha County. This public college has around 8,740 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,152 and for students from other states around $6,106 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,819, depending on the program.

Madison, WI Area

Madison Area Technical College

1701 Wright St, Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
(608) 246-6100
Automotive Technology – Associate Program, Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Madison Area Technical College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Madison, WI. Of the 16,520 students, about 0% are postgraduates. 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. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $4,281 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,236 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,820, although this varies from program to program.

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Area

Milwaukee Area Technical College

700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
(414) 297-6370
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Milwaukee Area Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Milwaukee, WI. Most of the school’s 15,186 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 Technician program is offered with the option of completing a Ford ASSET program. Fees for tuition for in-state students are in the order of $4,426 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,381 yearly. Learning materials may cost about $1,819, although this will vary with the program.

Waukesha County Technical College

800 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072-4601
(262) 691-5566
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Waukesha County Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in Pewaukee in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. This public college has around 7,928 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. The Automotive Technician program is offered with the option of completing a GM ASEP program. Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $4,340 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $6,206 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,820, although this varies from program to program.

Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area Area

Nicolet Area Technical College

5364 College Drive, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-0518
(715) 365-4410
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Nicolet Area Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in Rhinelander in Oneida County. This public college has about 1,048 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. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $4,642 and for students from outside the state in the order of $6,963 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,818, although this will vary with the program.

South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area Area

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, Wisconsin 53809-9778
(608) 822-3262
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in Fennimore in Grant County. The college has in the region of 2,114 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. The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $4,340 and for students from other states in the order of $6,204 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,820, although this will vary with the program.

Wausau, WI Area

Northcentral Technical College

1000 Campus Dr, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401-1899
(715) 675-3331
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Northcentral Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Wausau, WI. This public college has approximately 4,580 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. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $4,313 and for students from other states around $6,208 for each academic year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,819, although this varies from program to program.

West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area Area

Mid-State Technical College

500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
(715) 422-5300
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Mid-State Technical College’s Certificate program in Automotive Technician is taught at their campus in Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County. The majority of of the school’s 2,636 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,321 and for students from other states around $6,276 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,820, depending on the program chosen.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871-8727
(715) 468-2815
Automotive Technician – Certificate Program

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in Shell Lake in Washburn County, WI. Most of the school’s 2,894 students are 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. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is roughly about $4,598 and for students from other states around $6,684 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,820, 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

See options in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.

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 Wisconsin. 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.

BeloitGraftonGreen BayJeffersonKenoshaMadisonMcFarlandMukwonagoOregonPortageRacineShawanoSun Prairie

City: Beloit

Beloit Memorial High School

1225 Fourth Street, Beloit, WI 53511
(608) 361-3380

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: John Hayes
Tel: (608) 361-3380
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Grafton

Grafton High School

1950 Washington St., Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 376-5640

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Carl Hader
Tel: (262) 376-5640
Programs: Automobile Service Technology

City: Green Bay

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

2740 W. Mason St., Box 19042, Green Bay, WI 54307
(920) 498-5630

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Walter Remic
Tel: (920) 498-5630
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Jefferson

Jefferson High School

700 W. Milwaukee St., Jefferson, WI 53549
(920) 210-1129

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Cynthia Sandberg
Tel: (920) 210-1129
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Kenosha

Gateway Technical College

3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53143
(262) 564-3920

Truck Program

Contact: Roderick Gordon
Tel: (262) 564-3920
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Drive Train, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning, Hydraulics, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Madison

LaFollette High School

702 Pflaum Rd., Madison, WI 53716
(608) 663-5229

Automotive Program

Contact: Jennifer Wegner
Tel: (608) 663-5229
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

Madison Memorial High School

201 S. Gammon Rd., Madison, WI 53717
(608) 663-5229

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Jen Wegner
Tel: (608) 663-5229
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: McFarland

McFarland High School

5103 Farwell St., McFarland, WI 53558
(608) 838-4500

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Nick Pellmann
Tel: (608) 838-4500
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Mukwonago

Mukwonago High School

605 W. School Rd., Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-6200

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Patrick Grady
Tel: (262) 363-6200
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Oregon

Oregon High School

456 N. Perry Pkwy., Oregon, WI 53575
(608) 835-4427

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Gregory Granberg
Tel: (608) 835-4427
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Portage

Portage High School

301 E. Collins St., Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-8545

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Dustan Garrigan
Tel: (608) 742-8545
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: Racine

Washington Park High School

1901 12th St., Racine, WI 53403
(262) 619-4474

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Jerome Kobriger
Tel: (262) 619-4474
Programs: Automobile Service Technology

City: Shawano

Shawano High School

220 County Highway B, Shawano, WI 54166
(715) 526-2175

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Jeremy Hodkiewicz
Tel: (715) 526-2175
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie High School

888 Grove St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
(608) 834-6734

Automotive Program

Contact: Nancy Everson
Tel: (608) 834-6734
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair