Not only does HVAC include a good salary, 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.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often located 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 short 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 pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Lanz Furnace and Fireplace?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Monroe. Reach us at 608-291-3606 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Lanz Furnace and Fireplace.