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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations 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.

A lot 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased need 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 homes and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since systems are 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.

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

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.

You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Payson. Call us at 928-263-8570 or send us a message to learn more about careers with North Mechanical Heating and Cooling.

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