Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the nation.
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.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for 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 handle units in residences and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding 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 get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc.?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Paxinos. Contact us at 570-648-0748 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc..