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How Long Is Mechanic Training?


In this article you’ll learn how long it takes to complete a mechanic training program. We’ll cover different types of programs like automotive technology, aircraft maintenance, and diesel technology.


Automotive Technology

Completing a certificate or diploma program in automotive technology takes as few as 10 months for full-time students. Going to school part time on a night or weekend schedule will normally add a few months. Here are some sample partner schools and the actual length of their automotive technology programs.

  • Arizona Automotive Institute - The Automotive Service Technology program normally takes 1 year from start of program to graduation.
  • Porter & Chester Institute - The Automotive Service Technology program takes “as little as 12 months”. That’s with a full-time day class schedule.
  • South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - The Automotive Service Technician Diploma program is 50 weeks (about 1 year), with 1,200 total clock hours.
  • Tidewater Tech - The Automotive Technician Diploma program is 48 weeks for full-time students.
  • UEI College - The Automotive Technician program is normally 11 months.
  • Lincoln Technical Institute - The Automotive Technology program takes approximately 56 weeks, or 1 year and 1 month. That’s a 60 credit course with 1,560 hours of instruction.

Aircraft Maintenance

An aircraft maintenance training program takes close to 2 years to complete. As the schools listed below show, some take a little longer, and some are a little shorter in terms of program length. 

  • San Joaquin Valley College - The Aviation Maintenance Technology program Certificate of Completion can be earned in as few as 17 months, or an Associate of Science degree in as few as 22 months.
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance - The Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology program takes about 2 years to complete.
  • National Aviation Academy - The Avionics Maintenance Technology program ranges from 17-24 months in length.

Diesel Technology

Diesel technology certificate and diploma programs take as few as 10 months to complete. Here are two example schools and the length of their diesel technology programs.

  • Lincoln Technical Institute - The Diesel and Truck Technology program takes about 56 weeks (a little over 1 year). That’s a 63 credit course with 1,560 hours of instruction.
  • Arizona Automotive Institute - The Diesel-Heavy Truck Program tends to take a year from the start of the program to graduation.

The length of each program listed above is taken directly from official school resources. As always, you should confirm this information by speaking directly with your potential school.

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