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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S..

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 necessary within the next 10 years—around 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in residences and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in small settings and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated 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 quick as six months or take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC knowledge 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 land your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses collected 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 Stieferman Heating Company Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Jefferson City. Contact us at 573-203-3908 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Stieferman Heating Company Inc.

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