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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the U.S..

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

A lot more techs will be needed within the next decade—around 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 means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in houses and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in tight 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 start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

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

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change based on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 Custom Air Systems Inc?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Port St. Lucie. Contact us at 772-247-2283 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Custom Air Systems Inc.

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