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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 occupations in the U.S..

The average 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 decade—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing components and units

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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 develop 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 completed with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Alliance. Contact us at 308-646-3827 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces.

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