Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the United States.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be required within the next decade—approximately 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since units are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take 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 broaden 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 completed with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ based on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review prices 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at American HVAC Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Sacramento. Contact us at 916-243-6714 or send us a message to learn more about careers with American HVAC Inc.