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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S..

The typical 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 needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be exact, 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 an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means 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 service equipment in homes and commercial places.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated 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 short 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 develop 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 be matched up with a more experienced tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary depending on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to review prices 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in St. Louis. Contact us at 314-262-4541 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating.

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