Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the nation.
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.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the by 2028—around 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 need 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems 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.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take 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 develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Farris Heating & Air?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Bartlesville. Contact us at 918-333-0376 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Farris Heating & Air.