Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..
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 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 like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped areas and very high or low 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 require 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’re done with training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of college 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 gathered 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 Air Service Co.?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Muldrow. Contact us at 918-212-8943 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Air Service Co..