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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 necessary within the next 10 years—about 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 upgrade 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 like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight settings and extreme 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with training and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over expenses 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at A2Z Air Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Boynton Beach. Reach us at 561-270-6228 or send us a message to learn more about careers with A2Z Air Inc.

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