HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.

The common 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 needed within the next 10 years—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 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 good career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle units in houses and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often located 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 short 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 develop 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’ve finished with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change depending on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Point Heating & Cooling?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Plover. Call us at 715-504-0533 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Point Heating & Cooling.

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