Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S..
The typical 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 necessary within the by 2028—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in homes and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated 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. 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’ve finished with training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses 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 Air-Right Energy Design, Inc.?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Manassas. Reach us at 703-260-1148 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Air-Right Energy Design, Inc..