Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the United States.
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—approximately 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 improve 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial places.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small settings and intense temperatures, since systems are 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary based on which kind of classes 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 gathered 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 CNR Air Conditioning Inc?
HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Naples. Call us at 239-241-5318 or send us a message to learn more about careers with CNR Air Conditioning Inc.