Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the U.S..
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next decade—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand 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 love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight areas and extreme 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.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy 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 understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Plainfield. Call us at 815-410-1231 or send us a message to learn more about careers with PWA Heating & Cooling Inc.