Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the U.S..
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 required within the next decade—about 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve 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 good career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often found 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 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 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 are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary depending on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Wallpe Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Greensburg. Contact us at 812-663-7252 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Wallpe Heating & Cooling.