Automotive & Trade Schools in Illinois

Automotive & Trade Schools in Illinois

There are a number of automotive mechanic schools in Illinois that will help you to reach your career goals, regardless of the type of degree or certificate that you are pursuing. The number of automotive and trade schools and programs in Illinois as well as the number of jobs are well above average compared to other states, which makes sense given the population size of the state. This includes some of the best trade schools in the nation like UTI and Lincoln Tech, as well as a number of Universities, Community Colleges and smaller trade schools. Whatever you are looking for, you are likely to find an option in Illinois. Beyond the number of choices for work or school, Illinois also has a lot to offer in terms of lifestyle and economy.


Mechanic Schools in Illinois

Mechanic Jobs in Illinois


Projected Job Growth

 Working as an Auto Mechanic in Illinois

To work as a mechanic in Illinois, you don’t have to have any particular certifications or degrees, but it will be far easier to find a job if you graduate from a program. Many of the better mechanic jobs will go to ASE certified mechanics, which you can achieve by attending a program and passing the qualification test. While there is obviously a cost to become ASE certified, having this credential under your belt will likely be well worth it in the long run. To do this, you can take a few different routes, including trade school, community college, auto programs at universities, or specialized mechanic training programs that don’t offer degree programs.

When you graduate with a degree or certificate, Illinois is a good place to stick around to find a job. Illinois has the 5th most mechanic or technician jobs in the United States, behind only California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania. Job growth is not expected to be as high in Illinois as the rest of the nation as a whole, but starting with such a high number of jobs still makes it a good place to look for work. Chicago is the third largest city in the US and Illinois is home to 36 Fortune 500 companies, which is the fourth most in the nation. This means not only a lot of companies to work for, but also a lot of cars to service, so all signs point to a healthy job market for you as a mechanic. Pay will vary by location and the type of mechanic you become, with diesel engine specialists making about $15,000 more per year than glass installers and repairers in Illinois Auto body and general mechanics will fall somewhere in between, as seen in the chart below.

Job Type Total in Illinois Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 27,980 $21.66 $45,060
Automotive Body and Related Repairers 6,770 $22.99 $47,810
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers 400 $18.09 $37,630
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 9,010 $25.30 $52,630

Directory of Illinois Schools

Featured Trade Schools in Illinois

Lincoln Tech Illinois logo

Lincoln Technical College
Automotive Technology
Collision Repair & Refinishing
Diesel Technology
and more…

UTI Illinois logo

Universal Technical Institute
Automotive Specialized Training
Motorcycle Specialized Training
Diesel Technology
and more…

Triton College logo

Triton College
Automotive Technology
Honda/Accura & GM/AC Delco Technician Programs
Automotive Service Department Management
and more…

All Automotive Schools in Illinois

School Address Programs More Details
Southern Illinois University 545 North Airport Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Automotive Technology View School
College of Dupage 425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Automotive Service Technology View School
College of Lake County 19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
Automotive Collision Repair
Automotive Technology
HVAC/R Engineering Technology
View School
Illinois Central College 1 College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
Automotive Technology
GM & Caterpillar Service Programs
Diesel Equipment Technology
View School
Joliet Junior College 1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431
Automotive Service Technology View School
Moraine Valley Community College 9000 West College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465
Automotive Technology View School
Oakton Community College Multiple Campuses Automotive Technology View School
Vatterott College 110 Commerce Lane
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Combination Welding View School
Waubonsee Community College Multiple Campuses Auto Body Repair
Automotive Technology
View School

Available Grants & Scholarships

Grant School Description Link
Future Mechanic Grant Any $1,000 for any education expenses View Grant
UTI Institutional Grant UTI 10% off for eligible students View Grant
Pell Grants Any Various, for low-income households View Grant