Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)

Career opportunities abound in this fast-growing area. The HVACR curriculum provides you with a general, technical background and then allows for specialization in many areas of this industry.

Two new associate's degrees, Contractors and Building Environmental, are now part of the HVACR curriculum. If you are interested in owning or managing a HVACR company, the Contractors degree is designed with you in mind. The Building Environmental degree is perfect if you are interested in a career in building environmental management and control. More

The HVACR industry is among the top 30 growth occupations in the United States, with reports of some seasoned technicians earning more than $100,000. COD graduates are in demand in the public and private sectors.

Career opportunities include the following:

  • Utility companies
  • Contractors
  • Building engineers
  • Supply chain companies
  • Governmental organizations
  • Owning/managing your own company

In the HVACR program, study the theory of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating, electrical circuitry, control equipment, and system design. Take courses in testing, troubleshooting and equipment installation. This technical core curriculum is the basis for several certificates and three Associate in Applied Science degrees.

With proper planning, you can continue your education at a baccalaureate-granting institution. Baccalaureate degrees include mechanical or electrical engineering or technology education.

Before enrolling, discuss your plans with program advisors to determine the best course of study for you! 

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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

Faculty 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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  • 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."

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  • Tony Amadio

    Tony AmadioHVACR

    "I want my students to know that they must be the ones to apply themselves and study to learn and take on new methods and ideas but to never be afraid of failure. Fear of failing or not being good at something holds us back."

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