Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 done with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at E.B. Air, LLC?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in East Bernard. Reach us at 979-335-4262 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with E.B. Air, LLC.