Glendale Heights Schools for Engine Repair Technology Courses
Students interested in studying engine repair may want to consider enrolling in an automotive technology program. Several schools within 45 minutes of Glendale Heights offer these programs, and all of them cover the basics of engine maintenance and repair. This article looks at three of these schools and their certificate and degree offerings. It also contains a table of facts about each school, including size, costs and the graduation rate, which is vital knowledge for people who are looking for a school. At the end of the article is a listing of a few other area schools with relevant program offerings.
- College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, offers a certificate and an associate's degree program in automotive service technology. It is about three miles from downtown Glendale Heights.
- Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, 20 miles from Glendale Heights, offers an associate's degree in automotive technology.
- Triton College in River Grove, IL, offers certificate programs in automotive engine repair and automotive technology as well as an associate's degree program in automotive technology. It is about 12 miles from downtown Glendale Heights.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are looking for a school need to investigate their options. This table showcases important information about these schools in a way that makes comparison easy.
|College of DuPage||Moraine Valley Community College||Triton College|
|School Type||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year||Public, 2-year|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||26,165*||14,620*||10,672*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)|| $4,050 in-district;
| $4,266 in-district;
| $4,020 in-district;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||72%*||56%*||61%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A (Open admissions policy)||N/A (Open admissions policy)||N/A (Open admissions policy)|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)|| 74% for full-time students;
51% for part-time students*
| 69% for full-time students;
41% for part-time students*
| 63% for full-time students;
32% for part-time students*
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (began 2014)||23% (30% transfer-out rate)*||27% (24% transfer-out rate)*||18% (23% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
College of DuPage
The College of DuPage is a 2-year public institution located about three miles outside of Glendale Heights in Glen Ellyn, IL. As the second largest higher-learning institution in the state, it serves over 1/4th of all high-school graduates in its district during their college careers. Although the College of DuPage doesn't offer courses specifically in engine repair technology, it does have automotive service technology programs that include coursework in repairing gasoline, diesel and electric engines.
Certificate in Master Automotive Service Technology
This 49-credit certificate program includes an elective internship opportunity. Students will also learn about topics that include engine controls, braking systems, engine design and alignment. Students can also complete an independent study, which gives them the option of focusing their studies on areas specific to engine repair technology.
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Service Technology
This program prepares graduates for entry-level careers as automotive technicians. Course topics include engine design, maintenance and repair, engine controls, automotive electricity and diesel fuel emissions. The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certifies this program and prepares graduates for pursuing certification as automobile technicians through the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College is located in Palos Hills, about 20 miles outside of Glendale Heights. The college provides students the opportunity to enroll in over 140 programs.
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
This NATEF-certified program includes 62 credit hours of core and elective coursework. Required courses for this degree program include introductory automotive technology, electrical systems, steering and suspension systems, brake systems and automotive engine reconditioning, in addition to the college's general education requirements. Students may also complete an elective internship course to gain real-world experience.
Triton College is located in River Grove, IL, just 12 miles outside of Glendale Heights and 14 miles from downtown Chicago. It is a commuter college that enrolls over 10,000 students yearly and prides itself on small class sizes and low tuition. Those interested in engine repair technology can pursue closely related certificate and associate's degree programs.
Certificate in Automotive Engine Repair
This program is ideal for students aiming for entry-level positions in engine repair facilities who do not want to become master technicians. The 2-semester, 16-credit certificate includes coursework in engine and power plant diagnosis and overhaul that stresses field-repair techniques. These techniques may include guide repair, valve and seat refinishing, piston and rod service, block and magna fluxing. Students explore basic fuel and electrical engine systems as well as bottom- and front-end engine service.
Certificate in Automotive Technology
NATEF certifies this 52-credit program. Students can expect coursework in areas that include engine performance, automotive electricity, automatic transmission repair and drive systems. The program can be completed in four semesters and prepares graduates to pursue automobile repair technician positions.
Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology
Students in this 67-credit program will receive training that meets the NATEF standards. Courses explore topics related to engine repair, including engine diagnostics and computerized engine controls. Graduates are prepared to work as auto repair technicians and can seek advanced employment in corporate manufacturing and service advising.
Other School Options
There are a few other schools with programs in automotive technology and engine repair. Waubonsee Community College, which is located about 22 miles from Glendale Heights, offers several automotive associate's and certificate programs. Morton College is around 17 miles away and offers certificate programs in automotive technology and automotive service. Finally, Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, which is 13 miles away, offers both associate's degree and certificate programs in automotive technology.