Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S..
The typical 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 necessary within the next decade—about 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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 understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change depending on which kind of college 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 collected 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 Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Saint Petersburg. Contact us at 727-369-6195 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc.