Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the U.S..
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies 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 systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small spaces and very high or low 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Total Comfort?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Franklin Lakes. Contact us at 201-268-5663 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Total Comfort.