Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States.
The typical 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 necessary within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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 land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary based 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Comfort Zone Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Cape Coral. Contact us at 239-214-0411 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Comfort Zone Inc.