Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the United States.
The typical 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—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 growing demand 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since units are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy 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 knowledge 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 education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ based on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 Phelps Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Hodgenville. Contact us at 270-358-3167 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Phelps Heating & Cooling.