Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..
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—approximately 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened need 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 residences and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with instruction and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary based on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Kilbourne Heating & AC?
HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Delray Beach. Reach us at 561-287-7071 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Kilbourne Heating & AC.