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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the U.S..

The average 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.

Many more techs will be necessary within the next decade—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 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 proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small spaces 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?

To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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 knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change based on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Scott Temperature?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Lawrence. Reach us at 785-269-0465 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Scott Temperature.

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