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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 nation.

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

Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll handle units in residences and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing components and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped areas and intense temperatures, since units 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.

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

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Greater Richmond. Reach us at 804-302-6657 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

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