Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the nation.
The average 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 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in homes and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small spaces and extreme temperatures, since systems are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling 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 need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Aggressive Mechanical?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Neptune City. Reach us at 732-806-5536 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Aggressive Mechanical.