Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be necessary within the next decade—about 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped areas and intense temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider prices 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at McFadden Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Dresden. Reach us at 1-866-781-0111 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with McFadden Heating & Cooling.