Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
The typical 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—about 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight areas and intense temperatures, since units are 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 as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge 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 instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. 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 gathered 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 Marcos AC & Heating?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Houston. Call us at 713-469-3357 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Marcos AC & Heating.