Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with education and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review 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 A&M Heating & Cooling LLC?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Tucson. Contact us at 520-200-1048 or send us a message to learn more about openings with A&M Heating & Cooling LLC.