Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..
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 needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means 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 handle units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small spaces and intense 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.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are 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 learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 Scott Temperature?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Lawrence. Call us at 785-269-0465 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Scott Temperature.