Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations 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.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since 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.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with training and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 B & B Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Florissant. Contact us at 314-325-7552 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with B & B Heating & Cooling.