HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
These HVAC helpers are usually just starting out compared to fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems
They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, individuals typically need to complete a vocational training program or an apprenticeship. Completing either may take several months to a year, and should provide hands-on training in the installation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Some programs may also include classes in related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn usually depends on their total experience, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.
Overall, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, ensuring professional installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.