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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 jobs in the United States.

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.

Thousands more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 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 an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in cramped settings and extreme temperatures, since equipment is 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take 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 develop your HVAC knowledge 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 education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change dependent on which kind of classes you go to. 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Libertyville. Call us at 847-362-0262 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical.

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