Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, 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 recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small settings and extreme 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.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding 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 land your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in West Columbia. Contact us at 803-265-4208 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc..