HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the United States.

The common 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.

A lot more techs will be required 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in small spaces 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short 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 develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’ve finished with instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses collected 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 B & G HVAC?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Marshalltown. Contact us at 641-812-2044 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with B & G HVAC.

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