Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Many 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 desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for 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 units in houses and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since systems are 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for 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 completed with training and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Des Moines. Reach us at 515-207-6569 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling.