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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs 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.

Thousands more techs will be needed within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 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 a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small spaces and very high or low temperatures, since units are often found 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.

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

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge 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 education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary dependent on which kind of school you attend. 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 ACS Heating and Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after across the nation and in Tucker. Reach us at 770-450-1539 or send us a message to learn more about openings with ACS Heating and Air Conditioning.

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