Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.
The average 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 required within the next 10 years—about 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since units are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change dependent on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Jett's Heating & Air Inc.?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in McHenry. Contact us at 815-410-1128 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Jett's Heating & Air Inc..