Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs 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 10 years—approximately 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight spaces and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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 brief as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Airmax Long Island Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Long Island. Call us at 631-737-5566 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Airmax Long Island Inc.