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2021 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

200 Colleges
$5,955 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$31,617 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies School for You

Mechanic & Repair Technologies is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 3rd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 107,435 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent.

The Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 200 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for mechanic and repair technologies students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Our analysis found Southeast Community College Area to be the best value school for mechanic and repair technologies students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Southeast Community College is a moderately-sized public school located in the large city of Lincoln.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southeast Community College are $3,096 a year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Lake Area Technical Institute. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools list. LATI is a small public school located in the town of Watertown.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at LATI are $5,514 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, LATI is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list.

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Out of the 200 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, North Dakota State College of Science landed the # 3 spot on the list. North Dakota State College of Science is a small public school located in the town of Wahpeton.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Dakota State College of Science are $6,222 a year.

North Dakota State College of Science excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list.

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#4

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE
$4,500 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Central Community College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools list. Located in the city of Grand Island, Central Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Central Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,500 in tuition and fees each year.

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#5

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
$5,248 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Hennepin Technical College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Hennepin Technical College are $5,248 a year.

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Northwest Iowa Community College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanic and repair technologies programs. Northwest Iowa Community College is a small public school located in the rural area of Sheldon.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northwest Iowa Community College are $6,540 per year.

Northwest Iowa Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list.

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$4,392 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Iowa Tech Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanic and repair technologies programs. Located in the small city of Sioux City, Western Iowa Tech Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Western Iowa Tech Community College are $4,392 per year.

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$4,860 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #8, Northeast Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. Located in the town of Norfolk, Northeast is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northeast are $4,860 a year.

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$5,545 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #9, Minneapolis Community and Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College are $5,545 per year.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanic and repair technologies programs. Located in the town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at M State are $5,560 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, M State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list.

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Dakota County Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. It came in at #11 on the list. DCTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Rosemount.

DCTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,864 in tuition and fees each year.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,688 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, FVTC also is in the top 10% of our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools ranking.

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With a ranking of #13, St Cloud Technical and Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. Located in the city of Saint Cloud, St Cloud Technical and Community College is a public college with a small student population.

St Cloud Technical and Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,538 in tuition and fees each year.

St Cloud Technical and Community College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list.

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$5,716 Average Tuition & Fees

Northland Community and Technical College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools ranking. Located in the town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northland Community and Technical College are $5,716 a year.

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Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD

With a ranking of #15, Southeast Technical Institute did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. Located in the rural area of Sioux Falls, Southeast Technical Institute is a public school with a small student population.

Southeast Technical Institute undergraduate students pay an average of $6,448 in tuition and fees each year.

Southeast Technical Institute excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list.

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Central Lakes College - Brainerd landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanic and repair technologies programs. Located in the remote town of Brainerd, Central Lakes College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Central Lakes College are $5,611 per year.

Central Lakes College also claimed a spot on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanic and repair technologies programs. CVTC is a medium-sized public school located in the small city of Eau Claire.

CVTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, CVTC also did well on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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With a ranking of #18, North Central Kansas Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. Located in the rural area of Beloit, North Central Kansas Technical College is a public college with a fairly small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at North Central Kansas Technical College are $6,398 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, North Central Kansas Technical College is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list.

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Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

With a ranking of #19, Western Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. Western Technical College is a small public school located in the city of La Crosse.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Western Technical College are $6,488 per year.

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#20

Century College - White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake, MN
$5,578 Average Tuition & Fees

Century College - White Bear Lake did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. It came in at #20 on the list. Located in the suburb of White Bear Lake, Century College - White Bear Lake is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Century College - White Bear Lake are $5,578 per year.

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Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the city of Lancaster, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a public college with a small student population.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology undergraduate students pay an average of $8,250 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology also did well on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$5,040 Average Tuition & Fees

San Jacinto Community College landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanic and repair technologies programs. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the suburb of Pasadena.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at San Jacinto College are $5,040 per year.

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$7,733 Average Tuition & Fees

Wichita Area Technical College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools list. Wichita Area Technical College is a small public school located in the rural area of Wichita.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Wichita Area Technical College are $7,733 a year.

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$5,462 Average Tuition & Fees

Georgia Northwestern Technical College landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanic and repair technologies programs. Located in the small city of Rome, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,462 in tuition and fees each year.

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Northern Wyoming Community College District did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the remote town of Sheridan, Northern Wyoming Community College District is a public school with a small student population.

Northern Wyoming Community College District undergraduate students pay an average of $10,110 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Northern Wyoming Community College District also did well on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools

#26

South Plains College

Levelland, TX
#27

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA
#28

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
#29

Amarillo College

Amarillo, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Mechanic & Repair Technologies students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Schools award.

Rank College Location
31 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY
32 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
33 Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
34 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville, GA
35 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
36 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
37 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC
38 New River Community College Dublin, VA
39 Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar, IA
40 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA

Mechanic & Repair Technologies by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Mechanic & Repair Technologies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 65,998
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,885
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,325
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,889
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,816
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,017
Mechanics & Repairers 505

Related Major Annual Graduates
Personal & Culinary Services 132,602
Precision Production 57,423
Construction Trades 36,003
Transportation & Materials Moving 27,979

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Alfred Palmer.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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