Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations 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 required within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small areas and intense temperatures, since equipment is often located 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 brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Savage. Call us at 952-373-0377 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning.