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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the United States.

The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since systems are often situated 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.

Education 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 require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Kingsville. Contact us at 361-214-1203 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC.

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