Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
The average 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 necessary within the next 10 years—about 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing need 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin 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. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Dave's Diversified Services?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Front Royal. Reach us at 540-636-3396 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Dave's Diversified Services.