Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, 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 most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight spaces and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary depending on which kind of college you enroll at. 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Cool Air Solutions?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Murrieta. Reach us at 951-299-9853 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Cool Air Solutions.