Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
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 necessary within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement 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 systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ based on which kind of college 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Derby. Contact us at 203-772-8319 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning.