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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 nation.

The common 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 necessary within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be exact, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing components and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found outside.

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How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, 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 require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with education and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses collected 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 Premium Air Services LLC?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Tomball. Contact us at 713-364-9957 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Premium Air Services LLC.

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