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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 occupations in the U.S..

The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thousands more techs will be required within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased 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 like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small settings and intense temperatures, since systems 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require 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 done with training and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change dependent on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Plainfield. Call us at 815-410-1231 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with PWA Heating & Cooling Inc.

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