Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the United States.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped areas and intense temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Point Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Plover. Reach us at 715-504-0533 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Point Heating & Cooling.