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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the U.S..

The average 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 necessary within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll service systems in residences and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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.

Classes to become an HVAC technician can be as brief 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 develop your HVAC understanding 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 training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider 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 Lycoming Heating Company?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Williamsport. Reach us at 570-244-2510 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Lycoming Heating Company.

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