Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
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—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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 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 done with education and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Olde Towne Heating & Air?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Mount Pleasant. Call us at 843-485-0967 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Olde Towne Heating & Air.