Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the U.S..
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in residences and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes 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 need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge 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 are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses 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 GV Heating & Air?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Crystal and Twin Cities. Contact us at 763-535-2000 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with GV Heating & Air.