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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 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 necessary within the next decade—around 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 an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in houses and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job 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 start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick 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 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 be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Drexel Hill. Contact us at 610-257-7035 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning.

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