Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next decade—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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing demand 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 accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located 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 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 deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and get your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered 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 Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Omaha. Call us at 402-509-5940 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning.