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 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—around 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 improve 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 good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped spaces and extreme 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.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy 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 expertise 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 are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ depending on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices compiled 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 Brandon Heating and Plumbing?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Brandon. Call us at 204-728-0180 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Brandon Heating and Plumbing.