Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-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.
Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in small areas and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary dependent on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to go over 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C.?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in the Rio Grande Valley. Contact us at 956-381-1162 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C..