Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..
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 needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in houses and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped spaces and extreme temperatures, since units 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 as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary based on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Rockford. Call us at (815)914-6197 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc.