Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 upgrade 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 an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 completed with education and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc.?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Branchville. Call us at 862-345-6896 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc..