Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary based on which kind of classes 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 Titan Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Central Point. Reach us at 514-600-5499 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Titan Heating & Air Conditioning.