Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..
The average 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.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small spaces and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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’ve finished with instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider 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 US Air Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Rock Hill. Reach us at 803-220-0761 or send us a message to learn more about careers with US Air Heating and Cooling.