Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.
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 necessary within the next 10 years—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 an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small spaces and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found 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 short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC expertise 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 work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered 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 Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Heflin. Reach us at 256-270-1196 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.