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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 nation.

The typical 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 10 years—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for 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 work on units in residences and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight areas and intense 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or as lengthy as two years. Instruction is 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 instruction and land your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary based on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Moon's Air?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Shreveport. Call us at 318-215-7938 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Moon's Air.

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