Abilene, TX (population: 120,183) has one mechanics school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Texas State Technical College-West Texas has a total student population of 1,689. It is the 4410th highest ranked school in the USA and the 232nd highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
Mechanics students from Abilene 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.
Abilene lies in Taylor county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Abilene area has 63,330 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $16.24/hr average worker wage, and a $33,770 average annual salary.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas State Technical College-West Texas ends up costing a student $9,073/yr.