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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, 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 needed within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in houses and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Examining and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work 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?

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

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop 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’re completed with training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change dependent on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Racine. Call us at 262-358-9468 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc.

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