Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.
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 required within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight settings and intense temperatures, since units are often located outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or 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 deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can change dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. 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 compiled 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 Precision Mechanical?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Rapid City. Contact us at 605-206-2564 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Precision Mechanical.