Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be required within the next decade—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight areas and very high or low temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Pepper AC & Htg Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Justin. Reach us at 940-202-1184 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Pepper AC & Htg Inc.