Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the United States.
The common 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 required within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 heightened demand 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small areas and intense temperatures, since units are often found 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 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 broaden 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’ve finished with instruction and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Moyer Total Indoor Comfort?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Kutztown. Call us at 484-646-3363 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Moyer Total Indoor Comfort.