Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.
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.
A lot more techs will be needed within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for 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 work on systems in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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 brief as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Siloam Springs Heating & AC?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Siloam Springs. Call us at 479-308-8176 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Siloam Springs Heating & AC.