Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S..
The average 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—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 upgrade 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 good career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing components and systems
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight areas and very high or low 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 take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop 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’re done with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review prices 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 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Los Angeles. Reach us at 800-296-5088 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with AZ Air Conditioning and Heating.