Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the U.S..
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.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since units are 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge 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 education and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Winters Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Franklin & South Indy. Call us at 317-406-5783 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Winters Heating and Cooling.