Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be required within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in homes and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is often located 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 short as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with training and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of school 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 collected 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 Appalachian Heating?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Beckley and Mount Hope. Contact us at 304-707-0600 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Appalachian Heating.