Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.
The common 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 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 a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped spaces and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require 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 education and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 Honke Heating & AC?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Gresham. Reach us at 503-663-8033 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Honke Heating & AC.