Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers 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 needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems are 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 take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills 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 paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary based on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Watts Electric & A/C Inc?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Columbia. Call us at 601-736-7362 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Watts Electric & A/C Inc.