Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
The common 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 decade—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement 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 handle equipment in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Inspecting and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of school you go to. 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 compiled 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 Mayeuxs AC & Heating?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Norco and St. Charles Parish. Call us at (985) 764-2426 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Mayeuxs AC & Heating.