Plano, TX (population: 282,016) has seventeen automotive schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Kiamichi Technology Center-Hugo, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive program, has a total student population of 144. It is the 1150th highest ranked school in the USA and the 14th highest in the state of Oklahoma (#1 is Oklahoma City University).
Automotive students from Plano schools who go on to become automotive technicians, automotive engineers, mechanics, automotive specialists, 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, Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles make on average $29,880 per year and there are about 17,090 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area alone, there are 240 employed electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles earning an average salary of $33,990. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $38,170/yr and there are 7,530 employed.
Plano lies in Dallas county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan area has 2,047,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.17/hr average worker wage, and a $46,110 average annual salary. Thus, about 3.676 out of every 1000 jobs in Plano are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.115/1000 are held by electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles.
Of the 17 automotive schools with a 100-mile radius of Plano, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ATI Technical Training Center comes out as the most expensive ($30,856/yr) for automotive students, with Kiamichi Technology Center-Hugo as the lowest, reported at only $3,500/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Plano|
|Flower Mound||TX||72,721||0||-||0||19.8 miles|
|Grand Prairie||TX||167,767||3||23.6315||22||29.4 miles|
|North Richland Hills||TX||67,133||1||26.4697||12||30.3 miles|
|Forth Worth||TX||-||3||11.7915||4||40.0 miles|
|Fort Worth||TX||751,149||10||30.6263||324||40.1 miles|