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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the U.S..

The common 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 by 2028—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 upgrade 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 a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’ve finished with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change based on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices gathered 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Lodi. Call us at 209-257-3156 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning.

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