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2022 Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools

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Finding the Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate School for You

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 6th of all the majors we analyze. In 2019-2020, 61,193 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which trade school program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 219 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best basic certificate programs for trade school students.

View our full ranking methodology.

2022 Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vehicle repair majors pursuing a basic certificate.

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Our 2022 rankings named Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide the best school in the United States for vehicle maintenance and repair students working on their basic certificate. Located in the small city of Daytona Beach, Embry-Riddle Worldwide is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Out of the 219 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Fox Valley Technical College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public school with a large student population.

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The excellent basic certificate programs at Enterprise State Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best vehicle maintenance and repair schools in the United States. Located in the town of Enterprise, Enterprise-Ozark Community College is a public college with a small student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend School of Automotive Machinists & Technology. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. School of Automotive Machinists & Technology is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Houston.

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#5

Western Suffolk BOCES

Northport, NY

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Western Suffolk BOCES is a great place for vehicle maintenance and repair students working on their basic certificate. Western Suffolk BOCES is a fairly small public school located in the large suburb of Northport.

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Jefferson Community and Technical College landed the #6 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate vehicle maintenance and repair programs. Located in the large city of Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public college with a large student population.

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MotoRing Technical Training Institute ranked #7 on this year’s Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Seekonk, MTTI is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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With a ranking of #8, Vermont Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for vehicle maintenance and repair students working on their basic certificate. Vermont Tech is a small public school located in the remote area of Randolph.

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#9

Ranken Technical College

Saint Louis, MO

With a ranking of #9, Ranken Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for vehicle maintenance and repair students working on their basic certificate. Located in the city of Saint Louis, Ranken Technical College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#10

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Santa Ana, SAC is a public school with a very large student population.

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#11

Midland College

Midland, TX

Midland College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Midland, Midland College is a public college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #12, Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for vehicle maintenance and repair students working on their basic certificate. Located in the remote town of Roswell, ENMU - Roswell Campus is a public college with a small student population.

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#13

Central Community College

Grand Island, NE

Central Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for vehicle maintenance and repair students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the small city of Grand Island, Central Community College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#14

Odessa College

Odessa, TX

Odessa College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the city of Odessa, Odessa College is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Northland Community and Technical College landed the #15 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate vehicle maintenance and repair programs. Located in the town of Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

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#16

Western Technical College

La Crosse, WI

With a ranking of #16, Western Technical College did quite well on this year’s best schools for vehicle maintenance and repair students working on their basic certificate. Western Technical College is a small public school located in the small city of La Crosse.

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South Georgia Technical College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the rural area of Americus, South Georgia Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

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#18

St Philip's College

San Antonio, TX

St Philip’s College came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. St Philip's College is a large public school located in the large city of San Antonio.

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#19

Metro Technology Centers

Oklahoma City, OK

Metro Technology Centers came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Metro Technology Centers is a small public school located in the city of Oklahoma City.

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Minneapolis Community and Technical College landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best basic certificate vehicle maintenance and repair programs. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#21

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA

Savannah Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for vehicle maintenance and repair students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #21 on the list. Savannah Tech is a small public school located in the city of Savannah.

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Moraine Valley Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for vehicle maintenance and repair students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Palos Hills, MVCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Shell Lake, WITC is a public college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #24, Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for vehicle maintenance and repair students working on their basic certificate. Located in the rural area of Wichita, WSU Tech is a public college with a small student population.

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Gateway Community and Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for vehicle maintenance and repair students to get a basic certificate. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Florence, Gateway is a public school with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools

#30

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#31

College of Lake County

Grayslake, IL
#32

Northeast Texas Community College

Mount Pleasant, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Vehicle Maintenance & Repair students that almost earned our Best Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Basic Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
33 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
34 Gateway Technical College Kenosha, WI
35 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
36 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
37 Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
38 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
39 South Louisiana Community College Lafayette, LA
40 MotoRing Technical Training Institute East Providence, RI
41 Front Range Community College Westminster, CO
42 East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa, AZ
43 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair by Region

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

Vehicle Maintenance & Repair is one of 7 different types of trade school programs to choose from.

Vehicle Repair Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 32,871
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 8,645
Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 6,107
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 4,504
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2,598
Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician 2,407
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 1,244
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 687
Marine Maintenance/Fitter & Ship Repair Technology/Technician 590
General Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 526
High Performance & Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 391
Small Engine Mechanics & Repair Technology/Technician 234
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 213
Engine Machinist 96
Other Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 73
Vehicle Emissions Inspection & Maintenance Technology/Technician 7

Related Major Annual Graduates
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 19,871
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,872
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 8,056
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,310
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,111

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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 Airman 1st Class Nigel Sandridge.

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