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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the U.S..

The average 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.

Thousands more techs will be required within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped spaces and extreme 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 long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC understanding and competencies.

You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re completed with training and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Columbus. Call us at 614-451-0846 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling.

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