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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States.

The common 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 necessary within the next decade—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement 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 proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped areas and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located 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 quick as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.

You might also be able to learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re completed with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Kearney. Reach us at 308-624-3485 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning.

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