Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations 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 needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be precise, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Taking a look at and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small spaces and intense temperatures, since systems are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary based on which kind of classes you attend. 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 compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at I-Deal HVAC?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Albuquerque. Contact us at 505-445-1250 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with I-Deal HVAC.