Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
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.
Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be exact, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be required 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 stands for 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 work on units in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small settings and very high or low 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.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change based on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 B&D Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Safford. Contact us at 928-432-6018 or send us a message to learn more about careers with B&D Air Conditioning.