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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..

The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped areas and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.

You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Climate Control Systems?

HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Hickory. Reach us at 828-283-0369 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Climate Control Systems.

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