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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..

The average 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.

Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means 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 units in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small areas and intense temperatures, since systems are often located 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as lengthy 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 expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Clean Air HVAC?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Pacheco. Contact us at 925-233-6238 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Clean Air HVAC.

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