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$46,460 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Mechanic & Repair Technologies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many mechanic and repair technologies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 45,320
Basic Certificate 40,030
Associate’s Degree 21,747
Bachelor’s Degree 338

What Mechanic & Repair Technologies Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to mechanic and repair technologies were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Mechanic & Repair Technologies Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Mechanic & Repair Technologies Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to mechanic and repair technologies:

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  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for Mechanic & Repair Technologies Majors

As a mechanic and repair technologies major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

What Can You Do With a Mechanic & Repair Technologies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with mechanic and repair technologies:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 4.9% $62,920
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 8.5% $42,730
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers 6.6% $34,170
Automotive Master Mechanics 6.1% $40,710
Automotive Specialty Technicians 6.1% $40,710
Avionics Technicians 6.3% $64,140
Bicycle Repairers 29.8% $28,960
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 9.3% $47,350
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers 6.9% $42,840
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment 2.9% $60,340
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 2.3% $58,110
Elevator Installers and Repairers 12.2% $79,780
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7.1% $66,140
Geothermal Technicians 8.2% $39,320
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers 14.7% $47,610
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 6.7% $52,340
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 5.6% $47,060
Millwrights 9.9% $55,060
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines 8.2% $51,920
Motorcycle Mechanics 0.5% $36,790
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners 1.2% $36,330
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics 10.4% $35,400
Painters, Transportation Equipment 6.5% $42,280
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers 1.6% $57,610
Radio Mechanics 5.5% $54,890
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers 5.5% $54,890
Rail Car Repairers 4.9% $56,220
Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers 14.7% $47,610
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 14.2% $47,190
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers 1.5% $58,280
Wind Turbine Service Technicians 94.8% $54,370

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Mechanic & Repair Technologies?

21,747 Associate's Degrees Annually
7% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 93% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of mechanic and repair technologies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mechanic & Repair Technologies Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 736
Black or African American 1,562
Hispanic or Latino 4,296
White 12,722
International Students 254
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,177

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Mechanic & Repair Technologies. About 1.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Mechanic & Repair Technologies Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Mechanic and Repair Technologies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $41,020 to $56,340 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with mechanic and repair technologies may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to mechanic and repair technologies have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 5.9%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 38.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 35.4%
Some College Courses 7.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.3%
Master’s Degree 0.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.1%

Online Mechanic & Repair Technologies Programs

In 2018-2019, 1,290 schools offered a mechanic and repair technologies program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1,905 15
Certificate (1-2 years) 2,514 10
Certificate (2-4 Years) 491 4
Associate’s Degree 1,849 17
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1,905 15
Master’s Degree 1 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Mechanic & Repair Technologies Worth It?

The median salary for a mechanic and repair technologies grad is $46,460 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 16% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $131,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mechanic and repair technologies.

Major Number of Grads
Personal & Culinary Services 132,602
Precision Production 57,423
Construction Trades 36,003
Transportation & Materials Moving 27,979

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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