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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.

Many more techs will be required 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 update 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 service equipment in residences and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped areas and intense temperatures, since units 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. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

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

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

Once you’re done with education and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

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

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 U.S. and in Hickory. Contact us at 828-283-0369 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Climate Control Systems.

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