Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the U.S..
The common 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 by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Examining and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and very high or low 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.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick 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 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 done with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change based on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to go over 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 YES R&M Inc.?
HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Long Beach. Contact us at 562-286-6624 or send us a message to learn more about openings with YES R&M Inc..