Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.
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 required within the next 10 years—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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy 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 equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Lodi. Reach us at 209-257-3156 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning.