Merrillville, IN has thirty-three automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwestern University, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 19,853. It is the 11th highest ranked school in the USA and the highest in the state of Illinois.
Automotive and Mechanics students from Merrillville schools who go on to become automotive mechanics, automotive engineers, automotive technicians, mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 606,990 people working as automotive service technicians and mechanics alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $37,880. Also, Automotive body and related repairers make on average $41,020 per year and there are about 133,290 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area alone, there are 520 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $46,200. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $43,250/yr and there are 2,070 employed.
Merrillville lies in Lake county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Lake County-Kenosha County-WI Metropolitan area has 383,650 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $23/hr average worker wage, and a $47,670 average annual salary. Thus, about 5 out of every 1000 jobs in Merrillville are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 33 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Merrillville, only 12 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, UTI of Illinois Inc comes out as the most expensive ($61,824/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Gateway Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $220/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Merrillville|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||13.7 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||15.8 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||16.4 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||18.4 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||21.6 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||22.8 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||24.9 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||27.2 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||27.5 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||28.2 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||36.8 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||38.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||40.2 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||41.8 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||44.1 miles|