Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be precise, 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 a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in homes and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes 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 ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Muskogee. Contact us at 918-682-8238 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc..