Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the nation.
The average 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 by 2028—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 County Line Mechanical LLC?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Reinholds. Contact us at 717-216-0846 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with County Line Mechanical LLC.