Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the United States.
The average 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.
Many more techs will be needed within the by 2028—about 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in small spaces and intense temperatures, since units are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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’re completed with instruction and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can vary based on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to review prices 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 Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Oxford. Reach us at 662-281-1231 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.