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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 average pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most recent report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thousands more techs will be necessary 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 an increased requirement 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in residences and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and units

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small areas and extreme 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.

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

Once you’ve finished with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary depending on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Buellton. Contact us at 805-242-9638 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning.

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