Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 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 update 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 good career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC ?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Cambridge. Call us at 410-228-4822 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Pliescott HVAC Services LLC .