Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the nation.
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be necessary within the next decade—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since units are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short 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 broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 North Mechanical Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Payson. Call us at 928-263-8570 or send us a message to learn more about careers with North Mechanical Heating and Cooling.