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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.

The typical 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 necessary 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened need 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in small areas and intense temperatures, since equipment is often located 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 short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 education and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Moline. Call us at 309-323-9584 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning.

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