Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-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.
Many more techs will be required within the next decade—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in houses and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often found 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 lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered 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 Brookwood Inc?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Newton. Reach us at 641-316-9803 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Brookwood Inc.