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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 most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—around 46,300 to be exact, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be desired 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 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 handle equipment in homes and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing parts and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped 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.

Education 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 ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Air Houston Mechanical LLC?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Huffman. Call us at 832-777-1521 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Air Houston Mechanical LLC.

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