Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the United States.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for 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 service equipment in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 completed with education and land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change based on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to go over expenses 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 Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Alliance. Call us at 308-321-4703 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces.