Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired 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 stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding 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 education and land your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can differ depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to go over 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Wisconsin Rapids. Call us at 715-301-0256 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc.