Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..
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 necessary 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 requirement 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 proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight areas and intense temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, 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 need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and land your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Stanford Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Bloomfield. Call us at 812-825-8695 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Stanford Heating & Cooling.