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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 common 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 required within the next decade—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 accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service equipment in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight areas and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling 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 need NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 done with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ based on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider prices 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 each 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. Contact us at 1-866-781-0111 or send us a message to learn more about careers with McFadden Heating & Cooling.

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