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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.

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

Many 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 required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet a growing 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 skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle systems in houses and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

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

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is 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 learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change based on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Mighty Ducts?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Orange. Call us at 714-464-3376 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Mighty Ducts.

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