Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the nation.
The average 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—about 46,300 to be exact, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened 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 accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in residences and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small areas and extreme temperatures, since systems are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with instruction 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 change based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over costs 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 The Frazier Company?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Omaha. Contact us at 402-628-0206 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with The Frazier Company.