Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation.
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.
Many more techs will be needed within the by 2028—around 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 a heightened need 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 accomplished in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll handle units in residences and commercial settings.
Some of your duties may include:
- Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing components
- Inspecting and testing components and equipment
As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found outside.
How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?
First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
Schooling 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 ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.
You might also be able to pick up skills 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 experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Costs can vary based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider 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 Contra Costa Heating & AC?
HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in the Bay Area. Call us at 510-343-9841 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Contra Costa Heating & AC.