Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs 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 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes 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 require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Cooler Tymes LLC?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Litchfield Park. Contact us at 623-208-6444 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Cooler Tymes LLC.