Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.
The typical 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.
Thousands 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 needed 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 stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated 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 short as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require 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’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Goode Bros AC & Heating?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Katy. Call us at (833)-466-3322 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Goode Bros AC & Heating.