Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—about 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 stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight areas and very high or low 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.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient 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 added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. 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 compiled 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 Jent Mechanical LLC?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Dayton. Reach us at 937-845-1111 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Jent Mechanical LLC.