Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the U.S..
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent 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 needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight settings and intense temperatures, since units are often situated 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 quick as six months or 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 develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Lake Forest. Reach us at 949-204-0859 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc..