Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.
The average 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—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in homes and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in cramped areas and intense temperatures, since units are often found 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review costs 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at HCE Systems Inc?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Norton. Call us at 276-302-0076 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with HCE Systems Inc.