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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened 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 accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in tight settings and intense temperatures, since units are often found 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.

Classes 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 require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge 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 training and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to review 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 Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Carpentersville. Reach us at 224-699-9229 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc.

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