Mechanic and Auto Technician Programs in West Virginia

Here you will find detailed information on automotive and diesel mechanic schools and education options in West Virginia. Moreover, we offer comprehensive data job prospects and salaries in the state of West Virginia. [En Español]

Job Outlook

There were around 3,900 persons employed as automotive technicians in West Virginia as stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2016. In addition, there were 950 persons in employment as automotive collision and glass technicians, and an additional 1,990 in employment as bus and truck mechanics or other diesel engine specialists. In the decade to 2024, it is expected that jobs for automotive mechanics in the mountain state will fall slightly by 1.9%.

Mechanic Salaries in West Virginia

The average salary for auto service technicians and mechanics in West Virginia, in May 2016, was $31,670 (BLS), or approximately $15.23 per hour. Automotive collision repair specialists earned an average salary of $38,010 for the same period, while bus and truck engine mechanics earned $38,640 or $18.58 per hour.

Salaries in West Virginia by Occupation

OccupationTotal EmployedAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual SalaryLowest 10%Highest 10%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3,900$15.23$31,670$19,210$50,280
Automotive Body and Related Repairers800$18.27$38,010$19,230$61,800
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers150$15.88$33,020$21,890$40,440
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists1,990$18.58$38,640$25,110$52,950

Auto Mechanic Salaries in West Virginia by Region

RegionTotal EmployedMean Hourly WageMean Annual Salary
Beckley, WV300$16.11$33,510
Charleston, WV560$16.33$33,970
Charleston, WV260$17.83$37,080
Charleston, WV690$17.73$36,890
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH650$16.39$34,100
Morgantown, WV370$14.01$29,150
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV350$14.39$29,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV12,730$23.51$48,900
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH260$14.36$29,870
Wheeling, WV-OH370$16.16$33,610
Wheeling, WV-OH320$19.24$40,010

Popular Colleges

College Programs

Charleston, WV Area

Ben Franklin Career Center

500 28th St, Dunbar, West Virginia 25064
(304) 766-0369
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Ben Franklin Career Center offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in Dunbar in Kanawha County, WV. Most of the school’s 399 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition is in the order of $4,166 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $900, although this will depend on the program.

Carver Career Center

4799 Midland Dr, Charleston, West Virginia 25306-6397
(304) 348-1968
Automotive Repair Technology – Certificate Program

Carver Career Center offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in Charleston in Kanawha County. The majority of of the school’s 223 students are on 2-year programs. Tuition fees are generally around $5,310 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $2,000, although this will depend on the program.

Garnet Career Center

422 Dickinson St, Charleston, West Virginia 25301
(304) 348-6195
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Garnet Career Center’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is offered at their campus in the city of Charleston. Most of the school’s 108 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are around $4,433 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $3,245. The typical program completion time is 12 months.

Putnam Career and Technical Center

300 Roosevelt Boulevard, Eleanor, West Virginia 25070-0640
(304) 586-3494 x4421
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Putnam Career and Technical Center offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are imparted at their campus in Eleanor in Putnam County, WV. The majority of of the school’s 108 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are usually in the order of $3,635 yearly. Study materials can cost about $30. Typically, the program is completed in 22 months.

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Area

James Rumsey Technical Institute

3274 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403-0259
(304) 754-7925
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

James Rumsey Technical Institute’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is taught at their campus in Martinsburg in Berkeley County, West Virginia. This public college has about 128 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Furthermore, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are, as a rough guide, in the order of $3,466 per year, while books and supplies may cost roughly $1,880. Usually, the program is completed in 12 months.

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Area

Cabell County Career Technology Center

1035 Norway Ave, Huntington, West Virginia 25705-2827
(304) 528-5106
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Cabell County Career Technology Center offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in Huntington in Cabell County, WV. This public college has in the order of 96 students in total, with most students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Tuition fees are generally around $3,500 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $900, although this will depend on the program.

North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College

316 Eastern Drive, Moorefield, West Virginia 26836-0000
(304) 434-8000
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program, Automotive Technology – Associate Program

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in Moorefield in Hardy County, WV. This public college has roughly 913 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 about $3,420 and for students from other states likely to be about $6,876 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,357, although this varies from program to program.

Fred W Eberle Technical Center

Rte 5 Box 2, Buckhannon, West Virginia 26201
(304) 472-1259
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Fred W Eberle Technical Center offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. Classes are taken at their campus in the town of Buckhannon. The college has about 168 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are about $1,755 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $275. Typically, the program is completed in 9 months.

South Branch Career and Technical Center

401 Pierpont St, Petersburg, West Virginia 26847
(304) 257-1331 x12
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

South Branch Career and Technical Center’s Certificate program in Automotive Technology is taught at their campus in the town of Petersburg. The majority of of the school’s 3 students are on diploma programs of under two years. Additionally, the college has NATEF program accreditation.

Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area Area

Academy of Careers and Technology

390 Stanaford Rd, Beckley, West Virginia 25801
(304) 256-4615 x302
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Academy of Careers and Technology offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are based at their campus in the city of Beckley. Most of the school’s 192 students are on diploma programs of under two years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The cost of tuition is in the order of $7,685 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,050, depending on the program chosen.

BridgeValley Community & Technical College

2001 Union Carbide Dr, South Charleston, West Virginia 25136
(304) 734-6600
Diesel Technology – Certificate Program, Diesel Technology – Associate Program

BridgeValley Community & Technical College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in South Charleston in Fayette County, West Virginia. Most of the school’s 2,503 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $4,570 and for students from other states around $10,262 for each academic year. Books and supplies can cost roughly $1,350, although this will depend on the program.

New River Community and Technical College

280 University Drive, Beaver, West Virginia 25813-8987
(304) 929-5450
Automobile Technology – Associate Program

The Automobile Technology Associate’s program in Automobile Technology at New River Community and Technical College is offered at their campus in Beaver in Raleigh County. Most of the school’s 1,624 students are on 2-year programs. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $3,966 and for students from other states around $4,834 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,350, depending on the program chosen.

Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center

144 Vocational Road, Three Mile Curve, Stollings, West Virginia 25646
(304) 752-4687 x2207
Automotive Technology – Certificate Program

Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center offers various Certificate program options for mechanics. All programs are taught at their campus in Stollings in Logan County. This public college has in the region of 37 students in total, with the majority of students on programs that last under 2 years. The college is institutionally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. The college’s retention rate for full-time students is over 80%. Tuition fees for the Automotive Technology program are generally around $1,650 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $654. The typical program completion time is 10 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.

Neighbor States

Residents of West Virginia may also wish to review their options in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky.

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 West Virginia. 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.

BuckhannonClarksburgFosterKeyserMartinsburgPetersburgPrinceton

City: Buckhannon

Fred W. Eberle Technical Center

View School’s Web Site, Buckhannon, WV 26201
(304) 457-1156

Automotive Program

Contact: James Turner
Tel: (304) 472-1259
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension & Steering

Truck Program

Contact: Robert Johnson
Tel: (304) 457-1156
Programs: Brakes, Diesel Engines, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Suspension & Steering

City: Clarksburg

United Technical Center

251 Marietta St, Clarksburg, WV 26301
(304) 624-3280

Automotive Program

Contact: Steve Shaffer
Tel: (304) 624-3280
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Suspension & Steering

City: Foster

Boone Career & Technical Center

3505 Daniel Boone Pkwy., Foster, WV 25081
(304) 369-4585

Automotive Program

Contact: Guy Branham
Tel: (304) 369-4585
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Keyser

Mineral Co. Tech Center

600 Harley O. Staggers Sr. Dr., Keyser, WV 26726
(304) 788-4240

Automotive Program

Contact: Ian Saville
Tel: (304) 788-4240
Programs: Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Suspension & Steering

City: Martinsburg

James Rumsey Technical Institute

3274 Hedgesville Rd., Martinsburg, WV 25401
(304) 754-7925

Automotive Program: AYES

Contact: Brian Zeger
Tel: (304) 754-7925
Programs: Automobile Service Technology

City: Petersburg

South Branch Career & Technical Center

401 Pierpont St., Petersburg, WV 26847
(304) 257-1331

Automotive Program

Contact: Jed Metzler
Tel: (304) 257-1331
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair

City: Princeton

Mercer County Technical Ed. Center

1397 Stafford Dr., Princeton, WV 24740
(304) 425-9551

Automotive Program

Contact: Bobby Poore
Tel: (304) 425-9551
Programs: Maintenance and Light Repair