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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers 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.

Many more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Inspecting and testing parts and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small spaces and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located outside.

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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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 are hired for your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

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

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Schagrin Gas Company?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Middletown. Reach us at 302-231-1380 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Schagrin Gas Company.

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