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Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the most rapidly growing occupations in the United States.

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.

A lot more techs will be required within the next decade—about 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 demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll service equipment in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing pieces and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in tight areas and intense temperatures, since units are 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with training and are hired for your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs compiled by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at KDM Service Corporation?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Tuscaloosa. Contact us at 205-208-8090 or send us a message to learn more about careers with KDM Service Corporation.

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