Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the nation.
The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be required 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often located 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge 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 get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary dependent on which kind of college you attend. 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Lexington. Contact us at 336-853-6070 or send us a message to learn more about careers with James Heating & A/C, Inc.