HVAC (Heating & Cooling) FAQs
Training for HVAC jobs is available from trade schools, community colleges, and on the job as an apprentice.
Again, depending on your state, technicians may be required to achieve additional certification for their role. One common certification that is recognized across the industry is NATE (North American Technician Excellence). NATE tests working knowledge of HVAC systems and maintains professional standards among technicians in the industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary was $48,730 for HVAC technicians in 2019.
Yes! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects about 13% growth for plumbers between 2018 – 2028, which is higher growth than the average of 7% expected among all occupations. The demand for skilled technicians will continue to grow as people are retiring and the technical workforce isn’t keeping pace. HVAC technicians are essential in any economy to keep communities safe and healthy.
With a solid background and knowledge in math, chemistry, problem-solving skills and a high mechanical aptitude, technicians who work in residential service have great customer service skills and enjoy working with homeowners each day. Another helpful hint – know your technology! Much of the diagnostic work with air conditioners and furnaces is done with the technician’s tablet or phone. HVAC technicians enjoy practical work and have good eye-hand coordination. They must also be able to work independently, should cope with physical demands of the job, and have good interpersonal skills. Residential technicians serve their communities and take pride in their skill set, knowing that they’ve helped homeowners.