Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be needed 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 upgrade 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 a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require 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 done with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Lakeside Heating & Air?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Chelan and Wenatchee. Contact us at 509-284-4265 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Lakeside Heating & Air.