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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 U.S..

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 necessary within the next decade—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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 take as long 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 expertise 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 instruction and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change dependent on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review costs 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Mobile. Reach us at 251-210-7178 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

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