Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S..
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 required within the next decade—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is 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 as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise 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 training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change depending on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Osceola Air, LLC?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in St. Cloud. Call us at 407-477-6319 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Osceola Air, LLC.