Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the United States.
The typical 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.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing demand 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 love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in houses and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in small settings and extreme 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.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills 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 experienced tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Phoenix. Contact us at 602-832-7808 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.