Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.
The common 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 required within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies 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 work on systems in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with training and get your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered 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 Central Heating & Plumbing?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in New Castle. Contact us at 724-401-1843 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Central Heating & Plumbing.