Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.
The common 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 needed within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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 as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding 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 education and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to review 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Northglenn. Reach us at 303-452-4146 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc..