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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.

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.

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding 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 matched up with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ depending on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices 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 West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc.?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in West Jefferson. Contact us at 614-450-1575 or send us a message to learn more about careers with West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc..

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