Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the United States.
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 necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 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 update 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 an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is 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 brief 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 knowledge 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 instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc.?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Beaverton. Reach us at 503-374-1934 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Garoken Energy Co. Inc..