Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States.
The common 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 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight settings and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated 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 brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for 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’ve finished with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. 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 gathered 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 Air Alliance Team?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Ballwin and St. Charles. Call us at 636-206-4250 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Air Alliance Team.