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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations 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 necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Examining and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in small settings and intense 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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’re done with training and get your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Northern Comfort Inc?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Mankato area. Contact us at 507-387-6596 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Northern Comfort Inc.

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