Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the U.S..
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.
Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—about 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 a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped areas and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 work with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses collected 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 Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating ?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Laguna Niguel. Call us at 949-525-9119 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating .