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 degree?

A:  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 $5,000, 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 $144, 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


Bob Clark, Instructor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1057, (630) 942-3068

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

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

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