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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-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.

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—about 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 requirement 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities 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 tight areas 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. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with training and land 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 gathered 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 needed across the nation and in Lawrence. Contact us at 785-269-0465 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Scott Temperature.

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