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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 jobs in the nation.

The typical 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 needed within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be precise, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing parts and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped spaces 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 brief as six months or take as long as two years. Classes 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 done with instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for added hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Forster Heating?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Auburn. Call us at 530-885-8081 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Forster Heating.

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