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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 recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be necessary within the next decade—around 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped settings 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 take as long as two years. Instruction is 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 pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with training and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary depending on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Smyth Air Conditioning Inc?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Lake Worth. Reach us at 561-533-6066 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Smyth Air Conditioning Inc.

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