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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.

The average 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 needed 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand 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 service units in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small areas and intense 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick 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 develop your HVAC expertise 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 are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review prices 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 Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Saint Marys. Call us at 912-208-2470 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning.

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