Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the nation.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot 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 needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means 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 units in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is 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 short as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Gillman Heating and Air?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Perry. Reach us at 478-202-3076 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Gillman Heating and Air.