Not only does HVAC include a good salary, 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 newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand 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 proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long 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 knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Bossier City. Reach us at 800-COOLING or send us a message to learn more about openings with Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning.