Not only does HVAC pay well, 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 most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in small areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long 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 knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Kingsville. Reach us at 361-214-1203 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC.