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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly growing jobs in the nation.

The common 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 required within the by 2028—about 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial settings.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Examining and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight areas and intense temperatures, since equipment is often located 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.

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

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with instruction and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change dependent on which kind of classes you go to. 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 gathered 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 Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Savage. Call us at 952-373-0377 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning.

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