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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs 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.

Many more techs will be necessary within the next decade—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 an increased need 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 proficient in critical thinking.

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

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 situated 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 as long as two years. Classes 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 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 knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. 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 every 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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