Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the United States.
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be required within the by 2028—around 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 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small spaces and extreme temperatures, since systems are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is 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 land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ based on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Rocky Mount. Reach us at 540-369-3790 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Davis Heating & Air Conditioning.