Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S..
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be needed 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 a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small spaces and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is 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 brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 completed with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ based on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review prices 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Abilene Air-Tech Inc?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Abilene. Call us at 325-200-4667 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Abilene Air-Tech Inc.