Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the nation.
The average 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.
A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
Technicians will be needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.
What Do HVAC Techs Do?
HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll service equipment in residences and commercial places.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight settings and very high or low 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.
Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.
Some companies might also need 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 education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Expenses can change dependent on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 each year
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services?
HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Hudsonville. Contact us at (616) 669-3961 or send us a message to learn more about openings with West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services.