Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the nation.
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 needed within the next decade—around 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 an increased demand 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial settings.
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 need to be able to complete your work in small spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems 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 brief 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 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 training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review costs 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 Luikart Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Newark. Call us at 740-200-5591 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Luikart Heating & Cooling.