Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the United States.
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require 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’ve finished with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary based on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Air Temperature Control?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Macon. Contact us at 478-202-3170 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Air Temperature Control.