West Lafayette, IN has sixteen automotive and mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Indiana State University, the highest ranked school in this group with an automotive and mechanics program, has a total student population of 10,534. It is the 513th highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Indiana (#1 is Indiana University-Bloomington).
Automotive and Mechanics students from West Lafayette 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 Lafayette area alone, there are 70 employed automotive body and related repairers earning an average salary of $46,120. Automotive service technicians and mechanics in this area earn $29,020/yr and there are 390 employed.
West Lafayette lies in Tippecanoe county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Lafayette area has 82,320 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.4% unemployment rate, $18.49/hr average worker wage, and a $38,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.735 out of every 1000 jobs in West Lafayette are held by automotive service technicians and mechanics, and 0.871/1000 are held by automotive body and related repairers.
Of the 16 automotive and mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of West Lafayette, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lincoln College of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($41,184/yr) for automotive and mechanics students, with Prairie State College as the lowest, reported at only $2,833/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from West Lafayette|
|Terre Haute||IN||60,269||5||28.5376||204||70.7 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||71.8 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||81.0 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||83.8 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||88.5 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||88.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||89.1 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||91.8 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||92.4 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||92.9 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||94.2 miles|