Automotive Mechanic Schools and Training Programs in Illinois

Career Information for Automotive Mechanics in Illinois

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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


  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/

Schools for Automotive Mechanics in Illinois are listed below.

Selected Auto Mechanic Schools in Illinois

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More Illinois Auto Mechanic Schools

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
Kaskaskia College Centralia Associate 5,041
Kishwaukee College Malta Associate 4,466
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
Morton College Cicero Associate 5,057
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Associate 10,805
Parkland College Champaign Associate 9,407
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

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, 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.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bloomington 440 $37020 0.99
Carbondale 340 $35180 1.38
Marion 340 $35180 1.38
Champaign 470 $36840 1.03
Urbana 470 $36840 1.03
Danville 160 $25520 1.21
Decatur 310 $32740 1.36
Peoria 730 $33410 0.89
Rockford 790 $35010 1.16
Kankakee 320 $38550 1.6
Springfield 580 $41600 1.17
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