Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the United States.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be necessary within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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 brief as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ dependent on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Kirkfield Heating. Reach us at 204-272-8128 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning.