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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.

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

Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—about 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies 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 houses and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped spaces 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?

To begin you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

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

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

You might also be able to learn 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 experienced tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review 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 Quality Refrigeration Services?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Baltimore. Call us at 410-690-4244 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Quality Refrigeration Services.

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