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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the U.S..

The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest 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 exact, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

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

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in houses and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often situated 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take 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 pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with education and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:

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

Interested in an HVAC Career at Air Alliance Team?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Saint Charles. Call us at 636-229-1544 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Air Alliance Team.

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