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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 typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 requirement 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 proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in houses and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as short 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 develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with instruction and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of school 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 Woody's Sudden Service Inc?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Manassas Park. Call us at 703-278-2036 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Woody's Sudden Service Inc.

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