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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 jobs in the nation.

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

A lot more techs will be necessary 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 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 skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in residences and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight spaces and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found 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 take 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 learn 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 applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change based on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices compiled 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 Anderson Heating & A/C?

HVAC techs are needed 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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