Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the United States.
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.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased 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 love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small settings and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated 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 as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with education and get your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over prices 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in York. Reach us at 717-383-4479 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning.