Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations 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.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—about 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small spaces 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.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require 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 training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Libertyville. Reach us at 847-362-0262 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical.