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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.

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 needed 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing need 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 like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in residences and commercial settings.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight areas and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often found 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 brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding 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 get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to review 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Central Air Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Clackamas. Call us at 503-389-5307 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Central Air Inc.

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