HVAC/R Engineering Technology

Be a utility player

Keep food safe and people comfortable

The invention of mechanical cooling and heating over the past century changed our world. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and techniques are continuously improving to provide comfort, extend food life and safety. HVAC/R is an essential part of everyday life. This technology is constantly changing to improve comfort, safety, efficiency and impact on our environment.

Qualified HVAC/R technicians are in high demand. HVAC/R touches and impacts our everyday life. Whether keeping our homes, offices or buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer, preserving our food supply or keeping our favorite ice cream frozen, an HVAC/R system plays a crucial role. Installing, maintaining and up-keeping these HVAC/R systems require specific knowledge and skills possessed by a qualified HVAC/R professional.

Why study HVAC/R Engineering Technology with us?

Demonstrate your know-how and decision-making skills with modern heating, cooling and refrigeration techniques. Study under expert instructors with real world industry knowledge and experience as well as best practices teaching expertise. Gain valuable skills and support with the latest equipment and technologies in the field.

See what students love about the HVAC/R engineering technology program at CLC. Picture yourself here:


  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.

Career Degrees & Certificates

For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.

Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.

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HVAC/R Installation Technician

Career Certificate

Speed to employment: Fast track HVAC/R Engineering Technology

Can you see 4 months into the future? We can! With CLC’s Fast Track program, you can start your career as early as 4 months.

Complete a series of courses to earn a certificate as a HVAC/R technician. Whether you’re seeking professional advancement or a fresh start, stackable certificates offer a prime path forward.

Get hands-on practice with courses including:

  • HET 110: Basic Refrigeration Systems
  • HET 111: HVAC/R electricity
  • HET 130: Heating I Residential Appliances
  • HET 252: A/C III Installation & Service
  • HET190: EPA Certification Preparation

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Courses in the program

Build your foundation with Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology courses. Then, mix in some Social Science and Humanities electives that match your interests and goals.

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

  • Mohammad Abdallah

    Abdallah, Mohammad

    Instructor, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology 847/543-2699 mabdallah@clcillinois.edu
  • Douglas Burgos

    Burgos, Douglas

    Instructor, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology 847/543-2505 dburgos1@clcillinois.edu
  • Michael Chapa

    Chapa, Michael

    Instructor, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology 847/543-2549 mchapa@clcillinois.edu
  • Steven Lenz

    Lenz, Steven

    Instructor, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineering Technology 847/543-2511 slenz@clcillinois.edu

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