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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.

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.

A lot more techs will be required within the next decade—approximately 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

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

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • 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 spaces and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often located 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change dependent on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses collected 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 Durable Service ?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Holdrege. Reach us at 308-995-8177 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Durable Service .

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