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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the United States.

The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

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

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 completed with training and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary dependent on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Southern Heating & Cooling Inc.?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Scottsboro. Contact us at 256-574-1300 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Southern Heating & Cooling Inc..

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