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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs 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.

Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means 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 residences and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • 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 intense temperatures, since units are often situated 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 short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise 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 get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 U.S. 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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