A ccording to the U.S, Bureau of Labor Statistic, there are approximately 377,000 employed in the HVAC Industry and HVAC technicians and engineers continue to be in demand. HVAC Systems continue to grow in complexity as new technologies are introduced and HVAC technicians need to have the skills to meet those demands.
These are acronyms used in the industry; HVAC is heating, ventilation and air conditioning and the R is for refrigeration.
These technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in all types of buildings and typically do the following:
HVACR systems are becoming increasingly complex so employers usually prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship. Many HVAC technicians attend a technical, trade school or community college with programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. HVAC programs run from 6 months to two years, and lead to a certificate or associate’s degree, depending on the length of the program.
If you are a high school student who is interested in becoming an HVAC technician, you should take courses in math, and physics and other vocational courses as learning the basics of electronics, plumbing, electrical work is helpful.
|Pay & Employment Outlook for HVACR Technicians|
|2019 Median Pay||$48,730 / year $23.43 / hour|
|Entry-Level Education||Non-degree at a trade or technical school|
|Job Outlook, 2019 - 29||4% (As fast as average)|
* Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics February 18, 2021
Some states may require HVAC technicians to be certified and licensed before being able to practice as a journeyman. HVAC Certification licences means that the technician is trained and qualified to perform the required tasks in their state validates their professional competency.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that all technicians who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of equipment must be certified. The EPA has four types of certification:
NATE is the largest non-profit certification organization for HVAC technicians with four certifications:
Areas of Certification: