Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in houses and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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 education and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at American HVAC Inc?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in San Jose. Reach us at 408-215-1018 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with American HVAC Inc.