Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.
The average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.
As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in houses and commercial locations.
Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
- Installing, repairing and replacing parts
- Taking a look at and testing pieces and units
As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since systems 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.
Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy 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’re done with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra practical learning.
How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?
Prices can vary depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.
Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled 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 Three Rivers Heating & Cooling?
HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Portland. Reach us at 503-213-4433 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Three Rivers Heating & Cooling.