Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.
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.
Many more techs will be needed within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing components and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small areas 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 brief as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require 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 training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change dependent on which kind of school you attend. 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 compiled 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 Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in St. Louis. Reach us at 314-262-4541 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating.