Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.
The average 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.
Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—approximately 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc.?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in West Jefferson. Reach us at 614-450-1575 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc..