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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 nation.

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 needed within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle systems in houses and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing components 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 begin 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 done with training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Gillman Heating and Air?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Perry. Call us at 478-202-3076 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Gillman Heating and Air.

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