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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.

The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest 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 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 stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often situated outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

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

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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’re done with education and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at AW Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Lincoln. Call us at 402-318-5351 or send us a message to learn more about careers with AW Heating & Air Conditioning.

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