Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.
The common 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.
Many more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 an increased 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 completed with training and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to review 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 Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Mobile. Reach us at 251-471-2674 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.