Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S..
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.
Thousands more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 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 growing requirement 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding 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 paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Solar Air Inc. ?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Fort Lauderdale. Reach us at 954-320-7398 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Solar Air Inc. .