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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.

Illinois Auto Mechanic Schools

  • Southern Illinois University: The automotive technology program at SIU offers a four-year bachelor's degree, a rarity in the industry. The program supplements education in auto technology with courses in business, management, computing technology, and communications.

  • City Colleges of Chicago: The CCC auto tech program includes options for an Associate of Applied Science degree or technical certificates. It also offers the opportunity for AAS students to transfer to Southern Illinois University to complete a bachelor's degree in automotive technology.

  • Waubonsee Community College: WCC offers AAS degree programs in both automotive services technology and automotive technology. The former concentrates on emerging technologies, and the latter prepares students to work in the auto maintenance and service industry. The school also offers certificate programs in a range of specialties.

  • College of DuPage: COD offers both AAS and certificate options, and its degree track leads to an AAS degree in automotive service technology.

  • College of Lake County: CLC has two AAS degree options, one in under-the-car specialization and one in under-the-hood topics. The program also offers transfer options to four-year programs at Southern Illinois University and Ferris State University in Michigan.

  • Prairie State College: The automotive technology program at Prairie State culminates in an AAS degree.

  • Illinois Central College: The AAS program at ICC includes an 8-week paid internship with an off-campus employer.

  • Moraine Valley Community College: MCC offers an AAS option and five different certificate tracks, as well as an option to participate in a manufacturer-specific program sponsored by Chrysler.

What to Expect from Illinois Auto Mechanic Programs

Generally, automotive technology programs focus on teaching students how to repair and maintain different automotive systems. These often include:

  • Engines, transmissions and brakes
  • Suspension and steering
  • Electronics and electrical systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Safety equipment

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.

Illinois Auto Mechanic Certification

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.

Resources for Auto Mechanics in Illinois

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More Illinois Auto Mechanic Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Moline
Associate
6,311
Galesburg
Associate
2,693
Chicago
Associate
11,354
Chicago
Associate
6,140
Glen Ellyn
Associate
25,768
Grayslake
Associate
16,010
Elgin
Associate
9,613
Freeport
Associate
2,049
East Peoria
Associate
11,804
Fairfield
Associate
2,102
Olney
Associate
1,610
Oglesby
Associate
4,103
Carterville
Associate
7,559
Joliet
Associate
13,149
Kankakee
Associate
3,591
Centralia
Associate
5,041
Malta
Associate
4,466
Mattoon
Associate
7,177
Godfrey
Associate
7,875
Springfield
Associate
6,655
Crystal Lake
Associate
5,274
Palos Hills
Associate
15,859
Cicero
Associate
5,057
Des Plaines
Associate
10,805
Champaign
Associate
9,407
Chicago Heights
Associate
5,507
Ina
Associate
4,821
Decatur
Associate
3,274
Rockford
Associate
7,923
Ullin
Associate
2,176
Harrisburg
Associate
2,606
Carbondale
Doctorate & First Professional
20,983
Canton
Associate
2,139
River Grove
Associate
15,658
Sugar Grove
Associate
8,731

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Mechanics

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.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Mechanics relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Carbondale 360 $29,970
Marion 360 $29,970
Champaign 460 $41,490
Urbana 460 $41,490
Danville 140 $30,050
Decatur 260 $36,700
Bloomington 440 $37,430
Kankakee 350 $41,160
Peoria 720 $33,110
Rockford 680 $36,000
Springfield 620 $36,320

Sources:

  1. Automotive Technology, Southern Illinois University, http://automotive.siu.edu/
  2. Automotive Technology, City Colleges of Chicago, http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/truman/departments/Pages/Automotive-Technology.aspx
  3. Automotive Technology, Waubonsee Community College, https://www.waubonsee.edu/learning/academics/disciplines/business/auto-tech/
  4. Automotive Technology, College of DuPage, http://www.cod.edu/programs/autotech/
  5. Automotive Technology, College of Lake County, http://www.clcillinois.edu/programs/aut
  6. Automotive Technology, Prairie State College, http://prairiestate.edu/academics/academic-programs/industrial-technology/automotive-technology.aspx
  7. Automotive Technology, Illinois Central College, https://icc.edu/academics/catalog/agricultural-and-industrial-technologies/automotive-technology/
  8. Automotive Technology, Moraine Valley Community College, https://www.morainevalley.edu/academics/departments/automotive-technology/

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