Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation.
The average 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 necessary within the next decade—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased demand 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 handle equipment in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your work may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
- Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
- Examining and testing parts and systems
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated 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 quick as six months or take 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 knowledge 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 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?
Prices can vary based on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected by Midwest Technical Institute:
- Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
- Community college: around $5,000 annually
- Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000
Interested in an HVAC Career at KDM Service Corporation?
HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Tuscaloosa. Reach us at 205-208-8090 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with KDM Service Corporation.