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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 typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—about 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in houses and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small spaces and very high or low temperatures, since units 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for 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 instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary based on which kind of college 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 compiled 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 McFadden Heating & Cooling?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Dresden. Reach us at 1-866-781-0111 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with McFadden Heating & Cooling.

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