Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the United States.
The typical 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 required within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened 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 like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often located 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 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 broaden 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 training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary based on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air?
HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Paso Robles. Call us at 805-203-8667 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Paso Robles Heating and Air.