Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located 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 short as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Hamilton. Call us at 513-268-5164 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC.