Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 a heightened need 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge 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 training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review 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 Ambient Air?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Tucson. Reach us at 520-201-3871 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Ambient Air.