Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A lot more techs will be needed within the by 2028—about 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 requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing units
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Inspecting and testing parts and units
As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since units 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 as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re completed with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ based on which kind of school you attend. 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 Air Concepts of Middle Georgia?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Middle Georgia. Contact us at 478-200-5689 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Air Concepts of Middle Georgia.