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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 jobs in the nation.

The average 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 necessary within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased demand 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 love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small settings and intense temperatures, since units are often located 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.

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

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 completed with training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ based on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to review costs 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 Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Saint Petersburg. Reach us at 727-369-6195 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc.

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