Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the United States.
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.
Many more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in small spaces and intense temperatures, since units are often situated 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Temple/Belton. Call us at 254-307-9572 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Bell Air Conditioning Inc.