Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-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 needed within the next 10 years—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 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 Gilray Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Wausau. Contact us at 715-301-0727 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Gilray Heating and Cooling.