Automotive technology programs help prepare students to work in the automotive service and maintenance industry. Auto techs may work for auto repair shops, dealership service departments. or corporate fleet maintenance departments. These professionals are typically responsible for the inspection, diagnosis, and repair of vehicle issues, as well as preventive maintenance.
Generally, automotive technology programs focus on teaching students how to repair and maintain different automotive systems. These often include:
While some instruction may take place in a classroom environment, students should also expect to spend time working on actual automotive systems in a shop or garage. This hands-on training helps to better prepare students for future careers as auto mechanics.
There is no licensing requirement for automotive technicians in Illinois. Technicians may need a degree or certificate to qualify for certain jobs, however. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence administers the industry-standard certification for auto technicians who pass the ASE certification exam. To qualify to take the test, techs must have at least two years of on-the-job experience, or a combination of one year one-the-job experience and a two-year degree from an accredited automotive tech program.
Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Illinois are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Black Hawk College||Moline||Associate||6,311|
|Carl Sandburg College||Galesburg||Associate||2,693|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College||Chicago||Associate||11,354|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College||Chicago||Associate||6,140|
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn||Associate||25,768|
|College of Lake County||Grayslake||Associate||16,010|
|Elgin Community College||Elgin||Associate||9,613|
|Highland Community College Freeport||Freeport||Associate||2,049|
|Illinois Central College||East Peoria||Associate||11,804|
|Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll||Fairfield||Associate||2,102|
|Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College||Olney||Associate||1,610|
|Illinois Valley Community College||Oglesby||Associate||4,103|
|John A Logan College||Carterville||Associate||7,559|
|Joliet Junior College||Joliet||Associate||13,149|
|Kankakee Community College||Kankakee||Associate||3,591|
|Lake Land College||Mattoon||Associate||7,177|
|Lewis and Clark Community College||Godfrey||Associate||7,875|
|Lincoln Land Community College||Springfield||Associate||6,655|
|McHenry County College||Crystal Lake||Associate||5,274|
|Moraine Valley Community College||Palos Hills||Associate||15,859|
|Oakton Community College||Des Plaines||Associate||10,805|
|Prairie State College||Chicago Heights||Associate||5,507|
|Rend Lake College||Ina||Associate||4,821|
|Richland Community College||Decatur||Associate||3,274|
|Rock Valley College||Rockford||Associate||7,923|
|Shawnee Community College||Ullin||Associate||2,176|
|Southeastern Illinois College||Harrisburg||Associate||2,606|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Carbondale||Doctorate & First Professional||20,983|
|Spoon River College||Canton||Associate||2,139|
|Triton College||River Grove||Associate||15,658|
|Waubonsee Community College||Sugar Grove||Associate||8,731|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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