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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 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.

A lot more techs will be necessary within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a heightened demand 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 work on equipment in houses and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight spaces and intense temperatures, since systems are often located 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

You might also be able to pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with education and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to go over costs 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 Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Oxford. Contact us at 662-281-1231 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc..

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