Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..
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.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 need 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in small settings and intense temperatures, since units 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 short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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 done with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary depending on which kind of college you go to. 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Wharton. Reach us at 979-323-6130 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Faust Air Conditioning and Heating.