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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 occupations in the U.S..

The typical 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 necessary within the next decade—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped areas 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 education and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Hattiesburg. Reach us at 601-292-9763 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning.

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