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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

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 required within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be needed 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 signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service units in houses and commercial settings.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

First, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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’re done with instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary based on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review costs 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Paso Robles. Reach us at 805-203-8667 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Paso Robles Heating and Air.

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