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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations 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.

A lot 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 update 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 good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in small settings and extreme 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 short as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require 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 work with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Speedy Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Naples. Reach us at 239-244-3439 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Speedy Air Conditioning.

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