Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get started in the HVACR program?

A: You have to ask yourself two questions. First, do I want to go to school full- or part-time? Second, do I want to earn a two-year degree or a certificate? The HVACR program offers three two-year degrees and two certificates.

Q: What courses should I begin taking in my first semester?

A: Here again, it depends on whether you want to go to school full- or part-time. If you are planning to attend school full-time (full-time is defined as taking at least 12 semester hours of classes), suggested first semester courses can be found listed under each degree and certificate offered:

Suggested courses for your first semester are listed in the information for each degree/certificate.

If you are planning to attend part-time, then regardless of the degree or certificate, we suggest that you enroll in HVACR 1100 first, followed by HVACR 1105, HVACR 1161 and HVACR 1110 in that order.

Q: How long will it take me to get my certificate or degree?

A: Typically, you can obtain the Service Technician certificate in 12 months if you begin taking classes in the fall semester. The degrees can be completed in two years if you attend school full-time.

Q: How much will the program cost me?

A: The Service Technicians certificate will cost approximately $4,500, including tuition, lab fees and books. The Stationary Operator certificate costs about the same. The cost of the two-year degrees can be estimated by multiplying the total credit hours for the degree by $116, plus an allowance for books and lab fees.

Q: Can I visit the campus to meet the faculty and see the facilities?

A: Yes! We would be happy to show you around and answer any other questions that you may have. Please contact the program advisors for more information.

Q: What will my schedule be if I begin taking classes?

A: Many of the beginning classes are offered during the day and evening. It is possible to take a full schedule of classes and attend school mainly in the evenings. If you are taking a full schedule of day classes, you will not be at COD eight hours a day. Most of your beginning classes will probably be taken during the mornings. A few classes are offered on Saturdays.


Contact Information

Jim Janich, Instructor 
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1065, (630) 942-3313

Jim Filipek, Coordinator 
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1063, (630) 942-2038 

Alison Greene, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2969

Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), (630) 942-8419 

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592