HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the nation.

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.

Many more techs will be needed within the by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in cramped spaces and intense temperatures, since units are often located 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 take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden 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 training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change based on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 Street Heating and Cooling?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Rapid City. Call us at 605-342-5107 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Street Heating and Cooling.

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