Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations 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.
Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small 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.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 Halverson Brothers Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Menomonie and western Wisconsin. Contact us at 715-352-4052 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Halverson Brothers Inc.