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2021 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

98 Colleges
$6,105 Avg Tuition & Fees*

Finding the Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate 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 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 98 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.

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 Basic Certificate Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies majors pursuing a basic certificate.

Top 15% Best Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools

#1

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

Our 2021 rankings named Central Community College the best value school in the United States for mechanic and repair technologies students working on their basic certificate. Located in the city of Grand Island, Central Community College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Central Community College are $4,500 a year.

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Out of the 98 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Western Iowa Tech Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Sioux City, Western Iowa Tech Community College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Western Iowa Tech Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,392 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northland Community and Technical College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. Located in the remote town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northland Community and Technical College are $5,716 per year.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Minneapolis Community and Technical College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. Located in the city of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a public school with a moderately-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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#5

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Hennepin Technical College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools list. 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 $5,248 in tuition and fees each year.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

FVTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,688 in tuition and fees each year.

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

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Chippewa Valley Technical College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools ranking. 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.

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

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San Jacinto Community College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. San Jacinto College is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

San Jacinto College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,040 in tuition and fees each year.

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College ranked #9 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 school 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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#10

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

With a ranking of #10, Western Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanic and repair technologies students working on their basic certificate. Western Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Western Technical College are $6,488 a year.

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Spokane Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools ranking. Spokane Community College is a large public school located in the midsize city of Spokane.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Spokane Community College are $4,881 per year.

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Dakota County Technical College landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value basic certificate mechanic and repair technologies programs. DCTC is a small public school located in the rural area of Rosemount.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DCTC are $5,864 a year.

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#13

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett Technical College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Basic Certificate Schools ranking. GTC is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Lawrenceville.

GTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,636 in tuition and fees each year.

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#14

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System ranked #14 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 very large student population.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year.

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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
15 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX
16 Amarillo College Amarillo, TX
17 Savannah Technical College Savannah, GA
18 Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
19 Tri-County Technical College Pendleton, SC

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 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.

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