Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, 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 most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the next decade—approximately 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 heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often found 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 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 expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 Gordon Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Crestview. Contact us at 850-250-0335 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Gordon Air Conditioning.