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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.

The average 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 required within the next decade—about 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet a growing demand 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 accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small spaces and intense 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Courses 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re completed with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

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

Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled 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 Jent Mechanical LLC?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Dayton. Contact us at 937-845-1111 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Jent Mechanical LLC.

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