Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers 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 necessary within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 heightened need 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 skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found 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. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills 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 knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 A2Z Air Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Boynton Beach. Contact us at 561-270-6228 or send us a message to learn more about careers with A2Z Air Inc.