2018 Vocational Program Rankings: Auto Mechanic

The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the twelve most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” database. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under the federal government’s gainful employment criteria—pass, at risk (“zone”), or fail.

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NameMedian annual earningsAnnual debt payments as % of earningsAnnual debt paymentsEstimated total debtGainful employment outcome
Dunwoody College Of Technology ( MN ) $38,1457.74$2,954$23,080Pass
Ridgewater College ( MN ) *$36,4604.16$1,519$11,868Pass
Riverland Community College ( MN ) *$34,6974.68$1,657$12,946Pass
Minnesota State Community And Technical College ( MN ) *$34,4273.88$1,446$11,298Pass
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College ( WI ) *$34,3142.21$761$5,946Pass
Universal Technical Institute ( TX ) °$33,6586.64$2,337$18,259Pass
St. Cloud Technical And Community College ( MN ) *$33,5213.29$1,150$8,985Pass
Century College ( MN ) *$33,4011.62$569$4,446Pass
Rosedale Technical College ( PA ) $32,9633.52$1,161$9,071Pass
Sinclair Community College ( OH ) *$32,9013.28$1,081$8,446Pass
Pennco Tech ( PA ) °$32,7694.87$1,598$12,485Pass
Shoreline Community College ( WA ) *$32,2920$0$0Pass
Madison Area Technical College ( WI ) *$31,9953.77$1,241$9,696Pass
Automotive Training Center ( PA ) °$30,9917.47$2,316$18,095Pass
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College ( WI ) *$30,7132.83$872$6,813Pass
University Of Northwestern Ohio ( OH ) $30,4475.37$1,702$13,298Pass
Universal Technical Institute ( AZ ) °$29,5908.31$2,514$19,642Pass
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ( WI ) *$29,4233.16$937$7,321Pass
Central Lakes College ( MN ) *$28,9122.54$759$5,930Pass
Milwaukee Area Technical College ( WI ) *$28,5101.79$511$3,992Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Morristown ( TN ) *$28,3670$0$0Pass
Ranken Technical College ( MO ) $28,3594.82$1,369$10,696Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Hartsville ( TN ) *$28,1910$0$0Pass
Universal Technical Institute ( AZ ) °$27,9458.89$2,580$20,158Zone
Lincoln College Of Technology ( IN ) °$27,8186.45$1,828$14,282Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Nashville ( TN ) *$27,7620$0$0Pass
Chippewa Valley Technical College ( WI ) *$27,6682.73$759$5,930Pass
Brookhaven College ( TX ) *$27,6310$0$0Pass
Flint Hills Technical College ( KS ) *$27,4791.91$525$4,102Pass
Western Technical College ( WI ) *$27,2944.79$1,308$10,219Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Athens ( TN ) *$26,7820$0$0Pass
Georgia Northwestern Technical College ( GA ) *$26,6530$0$0Pass
Wyotech ( WY ) $26,6426.26$1,723$13,462Pass
Hinds Community College ( MS ) *$26,2552.35$617$4,821Pass
Chattahoochee Technical College ( GA ) *$26,0840$0$0Pass
Porter And Chester Institute Of Branford ( CT ) °$25,8869.85$2,695$21,056Zone
Athens Technical College ( GA ) *$25,7700$0$0Pass
Lincoln College Of Technology ( MD ) °$25,4358.56$2,273$17,759Zone
Palm Beach State College ( FL ) *$25,3610$0$0Pass
Perry Technical Institute ( WA ) $25,3335.79$1,509$11,790Pass
Motoring Technical Training Institute ( MA ) °$24,9512.96$741$5,789Pass
Pennco Tech ( NJ ) °$24,81110.21$2,535$19,806Zone
Sheridan Technical College ( FL ) *$24,7890$0$0Pass
Saint Paul College - A Community & Technical College ( MN ) *$24,7085.58$1,380$10,782Pass
Western Technical College ( TX ) °$24,5117.95$2,021$15,790Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Jackson ( TN ) *$24,4290$0$0Pass
South Texas College ( TX ) *$24,1030$0$0Pass
Community Care College ( OK ) °$24,0847.04$1,697$13,259Pass
Chattanooga State Community College ( TN ) *$24,0131.4$337$2,633Pass
Augusta Technical College ( GA ) *$23,9390$0$0Pass
Springfield Technical Community College ( MA ) *$23,6490$0$0Pass
Ohio Technical College ( OH ) °$23,6258.16$2,071$16,181Zone
Fort Myers Technical College ( FL ) *$23,5760$0$0Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( CT ) °$23,5677.03$1,657$12,946Pass
Advanced Technology Institute ( VA ) °$22,9057.39$1,803$14,087Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Covington ( TN ) *$22,7940$0$0Pass
Hibbing Community College ( MN ) *$22,7765.37$1,430$11,173Pass
Butte College ( CA ) *$22,6120$0$0Pass
Center For Employment Training ( CA ) $22,3832.03$469$3,664Pass
Washburn University - Topeka ( KS ) *$21,9342.83$621$4,852Pass
Columbus Technical College ( GA ) *$21,8030$0$0Pass
Central New Mexico Community College ( NM ) *$21,7161.02$223$1,742Pass
New York Automotive & Diesel Institute ( NY ) °$21,6415.21$1,329$10,383Pass
North Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$21,4350$0$0Pass
Atlanta Technical College ( GA ) *$21,1810$0$0Pass
Kansas City Kansas Community College ( KS ) *$20,6390$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Hohenwald ( TN ) *$20,6290$0$0Pass
Lorain County Jvs Adult Career Center ( OH ) *$20,2890$0$0Pass
Reedley College ( CA ) *$19,6960$0$0Pass
Madison Adult Career Center ( OH ) *$19,5763.35$678$5,297Pass
American Advanced Technicians Institute ( FL ) °$19,3763.22$660$5,157Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Mckenzie ( TN ) *$19,3370$0$0Pass
Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus ( FL ) *$19,0910$0$0Pass
Texas Southmost College ( TX ) *$18,9161.94$483$3,774Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( NJ ) °$18,82414.61$2,761$21,572Fail
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Jacksboro ( TN ) *$18,8110$0$0Pass
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College ( GA ) *$18,2520$0$0Pass
Albany Technical College ( GA ) *$17,9442.19$504$3,938Pass
Southern Crescent Technical College ( GA ) *$17,7160$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Dickson ( TN ) *$17,6300$0$0Pass
Platt College ( OK ) °$17,13311.32$2,268$17,720Pass
Indian Capital Technology Center, School District Number 4 ( OK ) *$16,3650$0$0Pass
Apex Technical School ( NY ) °$16,2987.65$1,445$11,290Pass
Patrick Henry Community College ( VA ) *$15,8040$0$0Pass
Atlantic Technical College ( FL ) *$15,7860$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology - Harriman ( TN ) *$15,4680$0$0Pass
Trinidad State Junior College ( CO ) *$14,9800.24$37$289Pass
Grand Rapids Community College ( MI ) *$14,8733.67$614$4,797Pass
Trumbull Career And Technical Center-Adult Training Center ( OH ) *$13,4587.7$1,229$9,602Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology--Mcminnville ( TN ) *$12,8480$0$0Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Memphis ( TN ) *$11,9720$0$0Pass
Emily Griffith Technical College ( CO ) *$11,4470$0$0Pass
Pickaway Ross County Joint Vocational School District ( OH ) *$11,1295.45$759$5,930Pass
Victor Valley Community College ( CA ) *$9,1430.78$120$938Pass
Texas State Technical College ( TX ) *$8,5260.73$132$1,031Pass
Tidewater Tech ( VA ) °$5,85819.22$2,036$15,907Fail
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