Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs 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.
Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short 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 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’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ depending on which kind of school you enroll at. 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at H & H Service Company?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Mechanicsburg. Reach us at 717-220-4502 or send us a message to learn more about careers with H & H Service Company.