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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 careers in the U.S..

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.

Many more techs will be necessary within the next decade—approximately 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 a growing need 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 proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service units in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often found 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 as lengthy 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 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 done with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Lexington. Contact us at 336-853-6070 or send us a message to learn more about careers with James Heating & A/C, Inc.

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