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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

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

A lot more techs will be required within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in houses and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since systems are often found outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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 broaden your HVAC expertise 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 get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

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

Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Cool Air Solutions?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Murrieta. Contact us at 951-299-9853 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Cool Air Solutions.

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