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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thousands more techs will be required within the next 10 years—approximately 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 improve 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Examining and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since units 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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’ve finished with instruction and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

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

Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 U.S. and in Kearney. Contact us at 308-624-3485 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning.

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