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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 jobs in the U.S..

The typical 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—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened 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 work on units in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight settings and very high or low 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.

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

Some companies might also need 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’ve finished with training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary based 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Lake Forest. Reach us at 949-204-0859 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc..

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