Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.
The common 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.
Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—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 upgrade 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 good career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight areas and intense 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 quick 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 expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over costs 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Hattiesburg. Reach us at 601-292-9763 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning.