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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers 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 required within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial settings.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing components and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often located outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

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

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

Once you’ve finished with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change based on which kind of classes you enroll at. 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 compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in York. Call us at 717-383-4479 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning.

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