Waterford, MI (population: 75,011) has twenty-four automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Michigan State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 47,071. It is the 45th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Automotive and Mechanics students from Waterford schools who go on to become automotive mechanics, automotive engineers, automotive technicians, mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Automotive body and related repairers make on average $41,020 per year and there are about 133,290 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,510 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $48,130. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $41,810/yr and there are 5,180 employed.
Waterford lies in Oakland county, which is one of the 62 counties in Michigan. Overall, the Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills Metropolitan area has 1,060,520 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.7% unemployment rate, $22.33/hr average worker wage, and a $46,440 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.888 out of every 1000 jobs in Waterford are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1.421/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 24 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Waterford, only 12 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor comes out as the most expensive ($16,888/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Monroe County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $2,790/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Waterford|
|West Bloomfield Township||MI||71,474||0||-||0||6.2 miles|
|Auburn Hills||MI||-||2||5.8467||61||8.2 miles|
|Bloomfield Township||MI||41,179||0||-||0||8.2 miles|
|Rochester Hills||MI||68,883||1||23.9536||51||11.7 miles|
|Farmington Hills||MI||78,114||1||0.013626||0||11.8 miles|
|Royal Oak||MI||56,742||1||28.1635||4||16.0 miles|
|Madison Heights||MI||-||2||27.3656||17||18.9 miles|
|Sterling Heights||MI||127,075||1||28.9156||3||19.1 miles|
|Dearborn Heights||MI||49,619||0||-||0||23.6 miles|
|Clinton Township||MI||-||2||7.68254||63||24.5 miles|
|Saint Clair Shores||MI||59,971||1||11.5792||3||28.1 miles|
|Ann Arbor||MI||113,880||5||27.5859||183||31.5 miles|
|Port Huron||MI||-||5||17.4204||129||53.5 miles|
|East Lansing||MI||45,575||2||19.4594||4||55.7 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||67.2 miles|
|University Center||MI||-||2||19.8891||261||69.0 miles|