Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers 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.
Thousands more techs will be required within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated 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 brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 education and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ based on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 Knoechel Heating Company?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Zelienople. Reach us at 724-425-5852 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Knoechel Heating Company.