Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.
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 needed within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since units 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 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 knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Pflugerville. Reach us at 512-355-1482 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning.