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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.

The typical 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—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient 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 tuning up systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing components and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work 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 begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as long as two years. Classes 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’ve finished with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ based on which kind of classes you attend. 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 Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Derby. Reach us at 203-734-7648 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning.

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