How much do HVAC technicians make per hour?
Credentialed HVAC technicians made an average of $23.38 per hour in 2021, or $48,630 per year.* Salary and hourly pay for technicians can vary based on experience, the state you live in, and your employer.
Do you need a high school diploma to become an HVAC technician?
Yes. To work as an HVAC technician, most employers require applicants to have successfully completed relevant education like a career training program and many – if not all – require licensing to handle refrigerants. Entry-level HVACR technicians may need to complete an apprenticeship under experienced workers or supervisors after graduating from a trade school or vocational program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information. To qualify for admission to a training program, online and traditional schools require either a high school diploma or high school equivalency exams. You can also contact your state licensing/regulatory boards for more information on industry licensing.
What is the job description of an HVAC technician?
HVAC technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. Daily work can include installing, cleaning, and maintaining HVAC systems, inspecting and testing systems, and repairing worn devices. Technicians can find themselves working as a contractor on both industrial and residential HVAC systems depending on their employer.
Why become an HVAC technician?
If you’re looking for a career in a hands-on field that offers the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, an HVAC technician job could be right for you. Besides allowing you to use your technical and problem-solving skills, the demand for HVAC technicians is projected to grow 5% over the next ten years, adding 20,200 new positions.*
What is the most common HVAC certification?
The most common certification for HVAC technicians is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certification. This certification is required to install and repair heating and cooling systems, and to work with refrigerants.
How long is HVAC school?
The average amount of time to study to become an HVAC technician with Penn Foster is about 8 months, however, you can take more or less time depending on what study schedule works best for you.
How many certifications should I have in HVAC?
There is no set answer to how many certifications you should have. It is necessary to complete the EPA certification, however, there are many other Industry Competency Exams you can complete depending on the type of job you want and the state in which you live.
Does HVAC require a lot of math?
HVAC does not require advanced math skills, but you will need some foundational skills. Our Career Diploma covers the basic math you’ll need to properly perform electrical measurements, calculations, and conversions.
What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 HVAC?
Type 1 HVAC technicians work with appliances that contain less than five pounds of refrigerant, while Type 2 HVAC technicians work on high-pressure appliances.
What is the sequence of HVAC qualification?
To become an HVAC technician, you’ll need to:
- Gain an education
- Get certified
- Complete an apprenticeship
The next steps depend on your career goals and where you live.