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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 occupations in the United States.

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.

Many more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means 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 handle equipment in homes and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is 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 brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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’ve finished with education and get your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to review costs 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 WM J Kraus & Son?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Keokuk. Call us at 319-229-2318 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with WM J Kraus & Son.

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