Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.
The common 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 necessary within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve 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 a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped settings 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.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for 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’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Colvin's Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Excelsior Springs. Call us at 816-379-3918 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Colvin's Heating and Cooling.