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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

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

Many more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased demand 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing pieces and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated 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 short as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:

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

Interested in an HVAC Career at Tri County Air Care LLC?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Dallas. Call us at 469-213-8367 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Tri County Air Care LLC.

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