Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.
The typical 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 needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes 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 must be able to do your job in small spaces and extreme temperatures, since systems are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for additional practical 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 prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Columbus. Contact us at 614-451-0846 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling.