Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.
The average 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—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in residences and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, 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. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Racine. Call us at 262-358-9468 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc.