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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

The typical 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 needed 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long 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 knowledge 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 education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ based on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review 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 True Home Heating and Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Irvine. Call us at 949-258-7259 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with True Home Heating and Air Conditioning.

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