Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.

The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be needed within the next decade—around 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Examining and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices 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 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 JonAire Inc?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Pahrump. Reach us at 775-375-0074 or send us a message to learn more about careers with JonAire Inc.