Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.
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.
Thousands more techs will be required within the next decade—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 a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop 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’re done with training and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can differ dependent on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Odessa. Contact us at 432-237-0168 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning.