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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation.

The average 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 necessary within the next 10 years—around 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small areas and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered 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 Central Heating & Plumbing?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in New Castle. Reach us at 724-401-1843 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Central Heating & Plumbing.

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