Valparaiso, 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 Valparaiso 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 Gary Metropolitan area alone, there are 330 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $40,480. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $39,400/yr and there are 1,150 employed.
Valparaiso lies in Porter county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Gary Metropolitan area has 266,280 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $18.71/hr average worker wage, and a $38,920 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.311 out of every 1000 jobs in Valparaiso are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 1.225/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 33 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Valparaiso, only 13 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 Valparaiso|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||18.3 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||26.2 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||29.6 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||29.9 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||32.3 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||34.5 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||36.5 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||38.8 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||40.4 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||41.9 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||43.4 miles|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||45.3 miles|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||47.4 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||48.7 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||50.8 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||54.5 miles|