Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States.
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in houses and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, 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 pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of school 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 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Moline. Call us at 309-323-9584 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning.