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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers 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.

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 required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

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

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in small spaces and extreme 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 take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.

You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for additional practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Bossier City. Contact us at 800-COOLING or send us a message to learn more about openings with Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning.

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