Not only does HVAC pay well, but it’s also one of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States.
The common 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.
Many more techs will be required by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It’s an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient, and are proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning, and servicing units
- Installing, repairing, and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight spaces and intense temperatures, since the equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for 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’ve finished with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ 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 the average HVAC tuition expenses collected by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Air Houston Mechanical LLC?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Huffman. Contact us at (832) 957-9332 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Air Houston Mechanical LLC.