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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 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.

Many more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing components and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight spaces and very high or low temperatures, since units are often located 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick 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 develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with training and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider expenses 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Stanford Heating & Cooling?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Bloomfield. Call us at 812-825-8695 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Stanford Heating & Cooling.

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