Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers 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.
Many 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 required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for 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 handle units in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often found 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 as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 done with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change depending on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Booneville. Call us at 662-269-8716 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC.