Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I get started in the HVACR program?
- What courses should I begin taking in my first semester?
- How long will it take me to get my certificate or degree?
- Can I visit the campus to meet the faculty and see the facilities?
- What will my schedule be if I begin taking classes?
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:
- Service Technician A.A.S. degree
- Building Environmental A.A.S. degree
- Contractors A.A.S. degree
- Stationary Operators certificate
- Service Technicians certificate
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 degree?
A: The degrees can be completed in two years if you attend school full-time.
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.
Bob Clark, Program Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1057, (630) 942-3068
Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548
Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), (630) 942-8419
Business and Technology Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2592
"Personally, I think that I can have a greater effect on the industry by training technicians. Career and technical education has both philosophical and coaching pedagogical components. The most important takeaways that students should leave COD with are self-thought troubleshooting, professionalism and fundamentals."Read Spotlight
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