HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

Thousands more techs will be required within the next decade—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 signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up 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 intense 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. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 instruction and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change based on which kind of college 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 needed across the U.S. and in Keokuk. Call us at 319-229-2318 or send us a message to learn more about careers with WM J Kraus & Son.

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