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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs 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.

Many 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 required 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Examining and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small settings and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often found 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 as long as two years. Instruction is 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 become proficient 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 skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc?

HVAC techs are in demand 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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