Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—around 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are 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 pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change depending 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 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 Farnell Mechanical, Inc.?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Opelika. Contact us at 334-245-4748 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Farnell Mechanical, Inc..