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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the United States.

The common 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 decade—approximately 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 a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service equipment in houses and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight areas and intense temperatures, since systems are 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 as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require 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 land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

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

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

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

Interested in an HVAC Career at Bell Air Conditioning Inc.?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Belton. Call us at 254-307-9572 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Bell Air Conditioning Inc..

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