Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement 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 skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in tight settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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 broaden 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 completed with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices 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 Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Pella. Contact us at 641-628-3621 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating.