Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs 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.
Thousands 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 a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial locations.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Examining and testing parts and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often located 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 brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC expertise and competencies.
You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’re done with education and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can differ dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over prices 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 Woody's Sudden Service Inc?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Manassas. Call us at 703-278-2036 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Woody's Sudden Service Inc.