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Auto Mechanic and Automotive Schools in Illinois

As an automotive service technician, you have the opportunity to work with the latest technology in the industry -- and Illinois has a lot of openings for that opportunity. With 27,980 automotive positions active in 2016 (according to the BLS) and more expected to develop over the coming years (according to Projections Central,) auto careers have a bright future in the Prairie State. Large metropolitan areas are particularly viable; the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro area was employing over half the active auto technicians in the state in 2016, with a whopping 15,040 positions active.

Training and Certification in Illinois

In Illinois, auto mechanic schools work to provide you with the fundamental knowledge needed to diagnose, repair, and maintain trucks, cars and motorcycles. Certificate programs typically last between six months and one year, while associate degree programs can take two years to complete. Online courses can be a great option for working mechanics and service technicians with busy schedules who still want to build new skill sets by completing a degree or certificate.

Auto mechanic schools in Illinois provide a blend of hands-on and classroom instruction in fields such as automotive HVAC, collision and repair, automotive and motorcycle technology and more. You may also pursue advanced certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE certification is an industry standard, benchmarking performance in areas such as service, repair and finishing, engines and more.

Auto Repair Careers in Illinois

Regardless of whether you're hoping to find automotive work in a small venue, like a gas station or a local body shop, or in a multi-million dollar company, either an established chain or one you plan to start yourself, you can follow your dreams in Illinois. Three common careers in this field are autobody technicians, auto mechanics and bus/ truck mechanics; learn a little about each, as well as their employment and salary figures, in this section.

Autobody Technicians: Employment and Salary

These professionals are dedicated to repairing vehicle bodies and frames that have been damaged.

Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Auto Mechanics: Employment and Salary

Auto mechanics learn how to identify problems with damaged vehicle parts, as well as how to replace and repair them.

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division14,360$22.81$47,450
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division1,020$19.61$40,800
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division2,150$23.31$48,490
Peoria, IL830$20.85$43,370
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Bus/ Truck Mechanics: Employment and Salary

These professionals maintain and overhaul buses, trucks and other diesel engine vehicles.

RegionTotal EmploymentHourly Mean WageAnnual Mean Wage
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division4,790$28.14$58,530
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division490$28.72$59,740
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division480$23.44$48,750
Peoria, IL290$21.3$44,300
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Finding a School in Illinois

If you'd like to improve your automotive technology skills, take a look at our listings of Illinois auto schools below. You can find a great school that suits your needs and immediately contact them via phone or email, putting the pedal to the metal in your journey to establish a top-notch auto tech career in Illinois.

Sources:

  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-service-technicians-and-mechanics.htm
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), https://www.ase.com/Home.aspx
  • Projections Central, www.projectionscentral.com
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), https://www.ase.com/Home.aspx

Automotive Schools in Illinois

*This list may contain out-of-state and online schools that accept students from Illinois.

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