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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States.

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 next 10 years—around 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for 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 work on equipment in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since units 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 short as six months or take 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 deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Huntsville. Call us at 256-801-4701 or send us a message to learn more about openings with All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

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