Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot 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 desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in tight settings and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found 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 take 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’re completed with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 J.L. Brady Company LLC?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Moline. Contact us at 309-517-7511 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with J.L. Brady Company LLC.