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Schools Offering Automotive Repair Programs in Illinois

Around 0.7% of Illinois's graduates graduate from automotive repair certificate programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 2,675 automotive mechanics graduate from Illinois' 40 automotive schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a automotive program is Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which was ranked 70th in the country in 2010, is located in Carbondale. 68 students graduated with a certificate in automotive from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010. Southern Illinois University Carbondale charged in-state students $10,468 in tuition fees per year.

Universal Technical Institute of Illinois Inc, which was ranked 72nd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a automotive program. It is located in Glendale Heights. In 2010, Universal Technical Institute of Illinois Inc graduated 939 students from its automotive program.

Lincoln College of Technology, which is located in Melrose Park, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a automotive program. It received a ranking of 74th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Lincoln College of Technology graduated 285 students from its automotive programs. Lincoln College of Technology charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.


If you choose to attend a Illinois automotive school, average tuition will be $2,879 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,194 per year to $10,468 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois automotive schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Southern Illinois University Carbondale - located in Carbondale, students are charged $10,468 per year
  2. College of DuPage - located in Glen Ellyn, students are charged $4,128 per year
  3. Carl Sandburg College - located in Galesburg, students are charged $4,035 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Illinois automotive schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

An automotive certificate from an Illinois school... what next?

The highest percentage of automotive graduates in Illinois pursue careers as an automotive mechanic. If you decide to work as an automotive mechanic in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 27,070 Illinois automotive mechanics as of 2010. In Illinois, the largest numbers of automotive mechanics work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 15,130 automotive mechanics
  2. Lake County - 2,200 automotive mechanics
  3. Adams County - 1,050 automotive mechanics

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of automotive mechanics in Illinois will grow by 12%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 38,570 automotive mechanics working in Illinois.


On average, an automotive mechanic earns a salary of $38,690 per year in Illinois state. In 2010, however, some Illinois automotive mechanics earned as little as less than $18,080 per year or as much as more than $69,140 per year. On average an automotive mechanic earns the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Cook County - $41,330 per year
  2. Lake County - $41,140 per year
  3. Menard County - $38,850 per year

On average, automotive mechanics earns the least in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Edwards County - $29,880 per year
  2. Macon County - $29,940 per year
  3. Vermilion County - $30,260 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in automotive repair. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as automotive or plumbing.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Automotive Repair in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Repair in Illinois
  • Certificate in Automotive Repair in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,182 miles from location Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale IL 29.5829 31% 20,350
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,113 miles from location Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL 13.4837 n/a 17,774
6,114 miles from location Triton College River Grove IL 11.7006 n/a 15,706
6,130 miles from location Joliet Junior College Joliet IL 10.654 n/a 15,288
6,221 miles from location Southwestern Illinois College Belleville IL 13.7244 n/a 14,440
6,104 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago IL 7.0577 n/a 13,174
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,116 miles from location Oakton Community College Des Plaines IL 11.0092 n/a 12,087
6,139 miles from location Elgin Community College Elgin IL 15.1103 n/a 11,704
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
6,173 miles from location Rock Valley College Rockford IL 14.228 n/a 8,659
6,175 miles from location John A Logan College Carterville IL 13.1135 n/a 8,568
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,138 miles from location Lake Land College Mattoon IL 14.784 n/a 7,945
6,204 miles from location Lincoln Land Community College Springfield IL 12.2962 n/a 7,677
6,103 miles from location City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago IL 7.01976 n/a 7,180
6,141 miles from location McHenry County College Crystal Lake IL 13.7359 n/a 6,811
6,248 miles from location Black Hawk College Moline IL 12.4029 n/a 6,267
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,102 miles from location Prairie State College Chicago Heights IL 9.7858 n/a 5,854
6,181 miles from location Kaskaskia College Centralia IL 17.5689 n/a 5,337
6,110 miles from location Morton College Cicero IL 12.3642 n/a 5,290
6,105 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College Mount Carmel IL 20.0365 n/a 4,810
6,167 miles from location Kishwaukee College Malta IL 13.1722 n/a 4,735
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
6,107 miles from location Kankakee Community College Kankakee IL 13.4446 n/a 4,298
6,170 miles from location Richland Community College Decatur IL 12.4452 n/a 3,595
6,098 miles from location Danville Area Community College Danville IL 12.2748 n/a 3,584
6,139 miles from location Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg IL 13.8934 n/a 2,941
6,174 miles from location Shawnee Community College Ullin IL 14.0648 n/a 2,834
6,126 miles from location Universal Technical Institute of Illinois Inc Glendale Heights IL 27.7281 n/a 2,759
6,244 miles from location Carl Sandburg College Galesburg IL 14.1935 n/a 2,661
6,208 miles from location Highland Community College Freeport IL 15.1624 n/a 2,455
6,229 miles from location Spoon River College Canton IL 15.2286 n/a 2,118
6,138 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll Fairfield IL 20.2739 n/a 2,009
6,113 miles from location Lincoln College of Technology Melrose Park IL 25.6481 100% 1,670
6,122 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney IL 14.4703 n/a 1,627

Curious what studying Automotive gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics + 27,070 $38,690 -9.7%
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists + 7,270 $44,330 -21.0%

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