Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations 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.
Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing demand 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 handle systems in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in tight spaces and intense 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 H&C Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Laurel. Call us at 301-960-3247 or send us a message to learn more about careers with H&C Heating and Cooling.