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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations 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.

Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight settings and intense temperatures, since units are often situated 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 understanding and competencies.

You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re completed with instruction and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Excelsior Springs. Reach us at 816-379-3918 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Colvin's Heating and Cooling.

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