Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.
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.
Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since systems 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.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge 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 are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to review prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Huntsville. Contact us at 256-801-4701 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.