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2023 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

182 Colleges
$5,755 Avg Tuition & Fees*

Finding the Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate School for You

In 2020-2021, 96,307 mechanic and repair technologies students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #3 most popular in the country.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which trade school program is right 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 Basic Certificate Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 182 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value basic certificate programs for mechanic and repair technologies students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. 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.

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

2023 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools in the United States

Check out the mechanic and repair technologies basic certificate programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for an Award Taking Less Than 1 Year in Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Our analysis found Fox Valley Technical College to be the best value school for mechanic and repair technologies students who want to pursue a basic certificate in the United States. Located in the midsize suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at FVTC are $6,861 a year.

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

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#2

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

Out of the 182 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Central Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the city of Grand Island, Central Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Central Community College are $4,590 per year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. Located in the small city of Rome, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Georgia Northwestern Technical College are $5,462 per year.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College also claimed a spot on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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Out of the 182 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northland Community and Technical College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the remote town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Northland Community and Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,052 in tuition and fees each year.

Northland Community and Technical College excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Trade Schools list.

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The excellent basic certificate programs at Savannah Technical College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value mechanic and repair technologies schools in the United States. Savannah Tech is a small public school located in the city of Savannah.

Savannah Tech undergraduate students pay an average of $5,442 in tuition and fees each year.

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Madison Area Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for mechanic and repair technologies students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #6 on the list. Madison College is a large public school located in the large city of Madison.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Madison College are $6,769 per year.

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

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Metropolitan Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. MCC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Omaha.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,680 in tuition and fees each year.

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South Louisiana Community College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. South Louisiana Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Lafayette.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at South Louisiana Community College are $4,205 a year.

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Wharton County Junior College landed the #9 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. Wharton County Junior College is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Wharton.

Wharton County Junior College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,872 in tuition and fees each year.

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Minneapolis Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for mechanic and repair technologies students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #10 on the list. 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 $5,906 per year.

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Oconee Fall Line Technical College landed the #11 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. OFTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Sandersville.

OFTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,472 in tuition and fees each year.

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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. Located in the suburb of Valdosta, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,552 in tuition and fees each year.

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Atlanta Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for mechanic and repair technologies students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the city of Atlanta, Atlanta Area Tech is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Atlanta Area Tech are $5,564 a year.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide landed the #14 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. Located in the small city of Daytona Beach, Embry-Riddle Worldwide is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Embry-Riddle Worldwide are $10,748 a year.

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#15

South Plains College

Levelland, TX

South Plains College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for mechanic and repair technologies students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #15 on the list. South Plains College is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Levelland.

South Plains College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,276 in tuition and fees each year.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the #16 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. CVTC is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Eau Claire.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CVTC are $6,683 a year.

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

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#17

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

With a ranking of #17, Hennepin Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students working on their basic certificate. Located in the suburb of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Hennepin Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,741 in tuition and fees each year.

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

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West Georgia Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for mechanic and repair technologies students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the rural area of Waco, West Georgia Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at West Georgia Technical College are $5,452 per year.

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#19

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College landed the #19 spot in the 2023 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. GTC is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Lawrenceville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at GTC are $5,636 a year.

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Clarkston, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College are $5,578 per year.

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With a ranking of #21, Spokane Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students working on their basic certificate. Located in the city of Spokane, Spokane Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Spokane Community College are $5,135 per year.

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Southern Crescent Technical College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. Southern Crescent Technical College is a small public school located in the large suburb of Griffin.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southern Crescent Technical College are $5,526 a year.

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#23

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

Western Technical College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. Western Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

Western Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $6,687 in tuition and fees each year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Western Technical College also is in the top 20% of our Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking.

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Western Iowa Tech Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for mechanic and repair technologies students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the city of Sioux City, Western Iowa Tech Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Western Iowa Tech Community College are $4,826 per year.

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#25

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a fairly large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $6,168 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools

#26

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN

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 Basic Certificate Schools award.

Rank College Location
28 Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland, WI
29 Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins, GA
30 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
31 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
32 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
33 Arkansas State University - Beebe Beebe, AR
34 Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay, WI
35 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI
36 Columbus Technical College Columbus, GA

Mechanic & Repair Technologies by Region

View the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools for a specific region near you.

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 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
Mechanics & Repairers 391
Energy Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies. 122

Related Major Annual Graduates
Personal & Culinary Services 130,306
Precision Production 52,905
Construction Trades 35,794
Transportation & Materials Moving 28,383

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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