By Rae Keinan
Today, many companies and authorities are requiring technicians to have an HVAC certificate. With advancing technology and awareness for energy efficiency, the need for professionally trained technicians—that can install and maintain complex HVAC systems—is growing. Studies show that employment for HVAC installers and mechanics is going to grow by 15% in the next decade! Check out this list to see what jobs you can get with an HVAC certificate:
HVAC technician ($30K-$69K)
Did you know that poorly installed air conditioners in New York City cost building owners somewhere between $130-$180 million each year? That is exactly why we need HVAC technicians! Being an HVAC technician, you will have the flexibility to be self-employed or to work for a larger company that manages real estate properties.
AC technician ($26K-$63K)
With an HVAC certificate, you don’t necessarily have to be a general HVAC contractor. You can specialize in one of the many HVAC fields—like air conditioning! One part of the job is using diagnostic equipment to test AC units for leakage, damage, and functionality.
Solar energy technician ($29K-$56K)
If you like being outdoors, you might consider being a solar technician. Solar technicians install and repair solar equipment on top of residential and commercial buildings. Some employers might ask for a NABCEP certification. The job is physically demanding, but it’s rewarding and anything but boring!
Wind turbine technician ($40K-$74K)
Another active job you can get with an HVAC certificate is being a wind turbine technician, AKA a windtech. Windtechs are able to recognize and repair any problem that could cause a wind turbine to shut down unexpectedly. Calling all thrill-seekers: if you get excited about the idea of hovering hundreds of feet in the air every workday, this is the job for you!
HVAC instructor ($33K-$94K)
At any point, if you decide that you want to take a break from being a technician, you can always become an instructor! As an instructor, you will grow opportunities and help others join the HVAC job force.
Required steps for HVAC certification will vary by state and specialization.
- Training can be as little as 6 months and can take place a community college or a trade school.
- 1-2 years of installation and maintenance experience is usually required to obtain certification.
- The cost for an HVAC course and certification is around $5K-$12K. (And there are HVAC student loan options available if you need it)
Salary ranges are national averages calculated using Payscale.com and ZipRecruiter.com. Salaries have been updated as of June 2021.
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