Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs 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.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and land 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 differ dependent on which kind of classes 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 collected 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 MPC Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Chadron. Call us at 308-832-4321 or send us a message to learn more about openings with MPC Heating & Cooling.