Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be required within the next decade—around 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take 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 deepen your HVAC knowledge 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 training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ depending on which kind of school you attend. 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Age Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Sandpoint. Call us at 208-578-4258 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Age Heating & Cooling.