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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation.

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

Thousands more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 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 tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing components and units

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

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 broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’ve finished with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 jobs with Tri County Air Care LLC.

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