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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 jobs in the nation.

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.

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—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 an increased demand 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small settings and intense temperatures, since systems 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.

Education 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 need NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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’ve finished with instruction and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ dependent 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Abilene Air-Tech Inc?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Abilene. Reach us at 325-200-4667 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Abilene Air-Tech Inc.

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