Not only does HVAC pay well, 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 newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be needed within the by 2028—about 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 a heightened 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 like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in residences and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped areas and very high or low 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary based on which kind of college you enroll at. 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 gathered 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 Custom Air Systems Inc?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Port St. Lucie. Reach us at 772-247-2283 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Custom Air Systems Inc.