Here at A&E Air Conditioning and Heating we might be slightly biased, but we believe that all our HVAC engineers are more than happy they chose this career path. Asides from the fact they all work for a wonderful boss, there are a good many additional reasons why anyone who is considering training as an HVAC engineer or HVAC technician should feel confident with their decision.
First, the money is good. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for an HVAC technician in 2018 was $47,619.
Second, providing you are good at what you do, there is tremendous job security as there is a constantly growing demand for HVAC services. Again, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2028 there will be a need for an additional 46,300 HVAC technicians. Not only is there a growing need for the installation of HVAC units, but with this increase comes a growing need for upgrading and replacing existing HVAC units.
Finally, you are providing a service, and a much needed one. Certainly, we all want to be warm in winter and cool in summer, so providing a service which ensures that this will be the case for many, many people is extremely rewarding – even more so when you have been called out in an emergency.
It takes between six months and two years to train as an HVAC technician and qualifications can be obtained through a technical/trade school or community college. Alternatively, you can look at an apprenticeship, where you can learn the required skills over a period of two to five years. Depending on how far you want to go up the ladder, you can obtain further qualifications through NATE certification, which would also make you a more employable candidate when it comes to landing a job.
If you are interested in a career as an HVAC technician and would like to know more, or are perhaps interested in discussing the possibility of an apprenticeship, please do give us a call.