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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 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.

Many more techs will be needed within the next decade—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in small 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 start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take 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 broaden 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 training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary based on which kind of school 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 Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Waterloo. Reach us at 519-664-0600 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd.

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