Beaverton, OR (population: 94,639) has ten mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Centralia College, the highest ranked school in this group with a mechanics program, has a total student population of 3,574. It is the 4249th highest ranked school in the USA and the 65th highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus).
Mechanics students from Beaverton schools who go on to become mechanics, aviation mechanics, mechanical engineers, auto mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 71,890 people working as mechanical drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,790. Also, Radio mechanics make on average $42,250 per year and there are about 5,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 30 employed radio mechanics earning an average salary of $52,490. Mechanical drafters in this area earn $51,080/yr and there are 610 employed.
Beaverton lies in Washington county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.614 out of every 1000 jobs in Beaverton are held by mechanical drafters, and 0.031/1000 are held by radio mechanics.
Of the 10 mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Beaverton, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lower Columbia College comes out as the most expensive ($8,426/yr) for mechanics students, with Clackamas Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,722/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Beaverton|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||13.4 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||79.9 miles|