Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States.
The common 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.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight spaces and intense temperatures, since units are often located 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 brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and land your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Tucker. Reach us at 770-450-1539 or send us a message to learn more about careers with ACS Heating and Air Conditioning.