Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the U.S..
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.
Thousands more techs will be required within the next decade—around 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet a growing need 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped areas and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise 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 instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Home Comfort Heating & Air?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Elk River. Contact us at 763-276-0617 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Home Comfort Heating & Air.