Moraine Valley offers a unique comprehensive stackable program that allows students to enter the workforce fast. Get started with Heating and Air Conditioning certificates that provide you with the skill set to start working while advancing your education.

Students can complete a series of certificates in the Heating and Air Conditioning field that when combined with some additional electives will result in an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Stationary Engineering. Most certificates can be completed in as little as two semesters.  Learn the basics or advance on to more technical specialties that will increase your marketability with future employers.

Heating and Air Conditioning

What Can I Do With Heating and Air Conditioning Certificates?

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often called HVACR technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers typically do the following:

  • Install, clean, and maintain HVACR systems
  • Install electrical components and wiring
  • Inspect and test HVACR systems and components
  • Discuss system malfunctions with customers
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts
  • Recommend maintenance to improve system performance
  • Keep records of work performed

The certificates offered are stackable and can result in an A.A.S. in stationary engineering. 

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

 This program will cost $9,220 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Job Outlook

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Basic Air Conditioning Technician Certificate

This certificate program prepares the student for a beginning career as a heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic, installer, or service representative. Get started in the workforce in as few as two semesters by earning this stackable certificate.

Stackable certificates allow you to earn additional certificates by taking a few additional credits, and give you the freedom to begin your career while continuing to advance your options. Make yourself more marketable to future employers by earning the next certificate in the HAC series. The Heating and Air Conditioning Certificate can be completed by taking one additional semester. 

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Basic Air Conditioning Technician - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 8 months.

This program will cost $4,080 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Heating and Air Conditioning Certificate

The Heating and Air Conditioning Certificate offers additional skills to individuals who have completed the Basic Air Conditioning Technician Certificate or currently work in the field as an air conditioning technician. This certificate can be completed in one semester. 

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Heating and Air Conditioning - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 8 months.

This program will cost $7,050 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Advanced Air Conditioning Technician Certificate

The Advanced Air Conditioning Technician Certificate can be completed after the Heating and Air Conditioning Certificate. It consists of four courses and can be completed in as little as one semester or spread out over two semesters.

This program prepares the student for an advanced career as a heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic, installer, or service representative.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Advanced Air Conditioning Technician - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 8 months.

This program will cost $3,460 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Electrical Trouble Shooting Certificate

The Electrical Trouble Shooting Certificate consists of four courses and can be completed in one semester or taken over two semesters.

This Electrical Trouble Shooting Certificate is automatically earned after completing these three certificates:

  • Basic Air Conditioning Technician Certificate
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Certificate
  • Advanced Air Conditioning Certificate

Stationary Engineer

HAC Stationary Engineer Certificate

The HAC Stationary Engineer Certificate is designed for individuals interested in supervisory roles in the stationary engineer field. This certificate consists of:

  • Basic Air Conditioning Technician Certificate
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Certificate
  • Advanced Air Conditioning Technician Certificate
  • Electrical Troubleshooting Certificate
  • COM-101
  • COM-103
  • MTH-120
  • IMS-115

This certificate is stackable and once completed, a student may be able to take additional general education courses to complete their A.A.S. degree in Stationary Engineering. 

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: HAC Stationary Engineer - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $9,220 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

What Can I Do With An A.A.S. Degree In Stationary Engineering

The A.A.S. Stationary Engineer Program at Moraine Valley prepares students for a career in the industrial maintenance mechanics field. Any of the heating and air conditioning certificates will count as credit toward this degree. 

Stationary engineers service air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems in industrial and commercial buildings. As a stationary engineer, your job is to maintain the ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems in structures like malls, warehouses or manufacturing plants. You will monitor and control the operation of boilers, chillers, condensers and other machinery used in these temperature control systems. You also may be called upon to repair worn-out bearings or replace corroded gaskets. Day-to-day responsibilities may include testing the water circulating through a boiler or air conditioning system and checking to make sure equipment is functioning properly.

Job Outlook

Employment of stationary engineers and boiler operators is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those with apprenticeship training should have the best job opportunities.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Advanced Air Conditioning TechCertificate1454Mechanical Technologies
Basic Air Conditioning TechCertificate1453Mechanical Technologies
HAC Stationary EngineerCertificate1326Mechanical Technologies
Heating and Air ConditioningCertificate1215Mechanical Technologies
Stationary EngineerA.A.S.1329Mechanical Technologies

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