Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly 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.
Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight areas and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated 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 lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require 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’re done with training and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in South Beloit and Belvidere. Reach us at 877-389-2465 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.