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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-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.

Many more techs will be required within the next decade—around 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 an increased 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should 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?

To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is 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 matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change depending on which kind of college you go to. 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 in demand across the U.S. and in Williamsport. Contact us at 570-244-2510 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Lycoming Heating Company.

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