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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

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

A lot more techs will be necessary within the next decade—around 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since units are often located 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for 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 completed with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change depending on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at M & S Heating & Air LLC?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Mechanicsville. Call us at 301-363-4699 or send us a message to learn more about openings with M & S Heating & Air LLC.

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