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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 U.S..

The typical 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 by 2028—around 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for 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 systems in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight settings and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is 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 learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change based on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses collected 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 Jett's Heating & Air Inc.?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in McHenry. Call us at 815-410-1128 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Jett's Heating & Air Inc..

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