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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 United States.

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

Thousands more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

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

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

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

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are 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 land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Breathe Healthier Air?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Stuart. Call us at 772-600-7151 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Breathe Healthier Air.

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