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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States.

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—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service equipment in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short 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 expertise and competencies.

You might also be able to become proficient 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 matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ dependent on which kind of classes 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Phoenix. Contact us at 602-832-7808 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.

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