Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the United States.
The typical 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 decade—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 update 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 an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since units are often located 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 brief as six months or 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 understanding 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 training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ depending on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices 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 Integrity AC & Heating LLC?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Phoenix. Reach us at 602-971-0567 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Integrity AC & Heating LLC.