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.
Many more techs will be necessary within the next decade—about 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened need 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small spaces and extreme temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ based on which kind of college 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 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Street Heating and Cooling?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Rapid City. Contact us at 605-206-3915 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Street Heating and Cooling.