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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 occupations 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.

Many more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—about 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 an increased 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 accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in cramped settings and very high or low 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 completed with training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 Ambient Air?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Tucson. Contact us at 520-201-3871 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Ambient Air.

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