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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 jobs in the nation.

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

A lot more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be required 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 good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight settings and very high or low 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or 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 understanding and competencies.

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

Once you’ve finished with training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary based on which kind of school 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Muskogee. Contact us at 918-682-8238 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc..

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