HVAC helpers are technicians who work alongside more experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to professional HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment
They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
The average salary of an HVAC helper will be dependent on how much experience they have, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Overall, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.