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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the United States.

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

A lot more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often located 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 short as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

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

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

Once you’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary based on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Hudsonville. Call us at (616) 669-3961 or send us a message to learn more about careers with West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services.

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