HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

The average 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 needed within the next decade—around 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 improve 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 a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small settings and extreme temperatures, since units are often found outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

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

Schooling 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 ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge 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 education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ based on which kind of college you enroll at. 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at B&D Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Safford. Call us at 928-432-6018 or send us a message to learn more about careers with B&D Air Conditioning.

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