Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..
The average 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 by 2028—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered 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 Tri County Climate Control LLC?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Bend. Call us at 541-238-2797 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Tri County Climate Control LLC.