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203 Associate's Degrees Annually
#43 in Popularity (Associate's)

Types of Degrees Mechanics & Repairers Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many mechanics and repairers graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 203
Undergraduate Certificate 139
Basic Certificate 49

What Mechanics & Repairers Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to mechanical repair and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Mechanical Repair Majors

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

  • 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 Mechanical Repair Majors

When studying mechanical repair, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

  • 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.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Mechanics & Repairers?

203 Associate's Degrees Annually
18% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Mechanics and Repairers runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #43 out of all the trade school majors we track. In 2021, about 203 graduates completed their associate’s degree in this field. This major tends to be male dominated. About 82% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 14
White 158
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 18

Online Mechanics & Repairers Programs

In 2020-2021, 21 schools offered a mechanical repair 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 14 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mechanical repair.

Major Number of Grads
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 56,514
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,594
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,717
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 7,770
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,932
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,267
Energy Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies. 122


*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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