Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-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.
A lot more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means 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 units in residences and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Vogts Heating & Air?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Pocatello. Call us at 208-621-0129 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Vogts Heating & Air.