Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..
The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—around 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 an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in residences and commercial locations.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since units 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.
You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.
Once you’ve finished with instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can change depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 every year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at Patterson & Stirling Inc?
HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Erie. Contact us at 814-308-0416 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Patterson & Stirling Inc.