Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S..
The common 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.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next decade—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in houses and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding 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 land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary based on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Forster Heating?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Auburn. Reach us at 530-885-8081 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Forster Heating.