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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation.

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 needed within the by 2028—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 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped spaces 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. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop 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’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Crome Mechanical?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Rockford. Contact us at 616-200-7264 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Crome Mechanical.

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