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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 required within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be desired 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 stands for 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 handle units in homes and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped settings 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re completed with training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over 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 Hammack Service Company?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Richardson. Call us at 972-351-8874 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Hammack Service Company.

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