Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States.
The average 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 necessary within the next decade—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped settings and intense 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.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is 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 learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished 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?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider prices 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at J.L. Brady Company LLC?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Moline. Call us at 309-517-7511 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with J.L. Brady Company LLC.