Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.
The typical 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 necessary within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 heightened requirement 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 like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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’ve finished with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary based on which kind of college you go to. 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Anderson Heating & A/C?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Carson City. Reach us at 775-230-7628 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Anderson Heating & A/C.