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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

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

A lot more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 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 an increased requirement 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service equipment in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in cramped areas and extreme 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.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with instruction 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 attend. 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 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 Honke Heating & AC?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Gresham. Contact us at 503-663-8033 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Honke Heating & AC.

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