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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

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.

Many more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—approximately 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 requirement 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 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 tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing components and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since units are often situated 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 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 knowledge 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 matched up 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 go over 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 Air Temperature Control?

HVAC techs are in demand 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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