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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, 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 most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be needed 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since systems are often located outside.

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How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

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

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with training and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary based 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 compiled 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 Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Carlsbad. Reach us at 575-446-3948 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services.

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