Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.
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.
Many more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is 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 done with training and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change depending on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to review prices 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 Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Arlington. Call us at 360-255-5857 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning.