Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the nation.
The average 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 next decade—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight 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 take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and land your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to consider 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Durable Service ?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Holdrege. Contact us at 308-995-8177 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Durable Service .