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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 nation.

The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be required within the next 10 years—about 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 growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies 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 residences and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight areas and intense 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 long 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change based on which kind of school you enroll at. 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 compiled 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 Anderson Heating & A/C?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Carson City. Call us at 775-230-7628 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Anderson Heating & A/C.

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