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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S..

The typical 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 required within the by 2028—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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often situated outside.

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How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’ve finished with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary based 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Air Temperature Control?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Macon. Call us at 478-202-3170 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Air Temperature Control.

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