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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S..

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

Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in small areas and extreme temperatures, since systems 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.

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

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

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

Once you’re completed with training and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ dependent on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Des Moines. Reach us at 515-207-6569 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling.

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