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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 U.S..

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 next decade—about 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service equipment in residences and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight settings and very high or low temperatures, since systems are often situated outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

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 take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 instruction and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ depending on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review prices 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Bakersfield. Call us at 661-437-3499 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

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