HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.

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

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight spaces and extreme temperatures, since units are 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 short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary depending on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Heflin. Reach us at 256-270-1196 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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