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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations 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.

Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle systems in residences and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

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

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

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are 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 done with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Olde Towne Heating & Air?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Mount Pleasant. Call us at 843-485-0967 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Olde Towne Heating & Air.

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