Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations 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 necessary within the next 10 years—about 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 update 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 an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle systems in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small areas and extreme temperatures, since systems are often situated 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 short as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 Ilten's Incorporated?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Cedar Rapids. Reach us at 319-208-3295 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Ilten's Incorporated.