Not only does HVAC include a good salary, 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 newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means 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 systems in residences and commercial places.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped spaces and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often situated outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy 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 understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in West Valley City. Call us at 801-305-4777 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning.