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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 newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 upgrade 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 like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling 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 require NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 completed with instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at D & D Heating & AC?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Brighton. Reach us at 720-316-1401 or send us a message to learn more about careers with D & D Heating & AC.

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