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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since units are often situated outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

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

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

Once you’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ based on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Knoechel Heating Company?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Zelienople. Reach us at 724-425-5852 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Knoechel Heating Company.

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