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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

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

The average 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 required within the next decade—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 improve 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 an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on systems in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing components and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to work in tight areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or 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 deepen your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with education and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary depending on which kind of school you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses gathered 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 Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Winnipeg. Reach us at 204-272-8128 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning.

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