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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.

The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many more techs will be required within the next decade—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means 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 service units in residences and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Examining and testing components and units

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is often located 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.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ dependent on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in West Valley City. Reach us at 801-305-4777 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning.

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