Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations 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.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased demand 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped spaces and extreme 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 brief as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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 are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices compiled 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 Air Quality Solutions?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Grove City. Reach us at 614-871-4144 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Air Quality Solutions.