Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.
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.
Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or 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 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’ve finished with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change dependent on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 WM J Kraus & Son?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Keokuk. Reach us at 319-229-2318 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with WM J Kraus & Son.