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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the nation.

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 necessary within the next decade—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 an increased need 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle systems in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Examining and testing pieces and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small 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 begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge 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 education and get your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices compiled 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 US Air Heating and Cooling?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Rock Hill. Contact us at 803-220-0761 or send us a message to learn more about openings with US Air Heating and Cooling.

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