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: 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, 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
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Bob Clark

    Bob ClarkHVACR

    "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."

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  • Spotlight: Jim Janich

    Jim JanichHVACR

    "I hope they have fun. I hope they are intellectually challenged. I hope they realize that this industry, and our program, could give them a very profitable career."

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  • Spotlight: Faculty Spotlight: Chris Lexow

    Chris Lexow HVACR

    “I have a very good understanding of the industry and what contractors are looking for in an employee. These ‘soft skills’ are just as important as learning the curriculum in the book, and knowing them will give students an advantage when starting their careers.”

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