Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-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 needed within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since units 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.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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 land your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary depending on which kind of school you attend. 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 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 across the nation and in Saint Petersburg. Call us at 727-369-6195 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc.