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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

Thousands more techs will be required within the next decade—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 improve or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll handle units in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in small spaces and extreme 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as quick 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 become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re completed with instruction and land your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change based on which kind of college 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 every year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Garoken Energy Co. Inc.?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Beaverton. Reach us at 503-374-1934 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Garoken Energy Co. Inc..

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