HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the nation.

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

A lot more techs will be required 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 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 units in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since units are 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 quick as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is 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 learn through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with education and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change based on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Rocky Mount. Contact us at 540-369-3790 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Davis Heating & Air Conditioning.

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