An HVAC helper is a technician who works with seasoned HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than professional 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
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?
For anyone interested in being an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job training program or an apprenticeship. It takes an average of several months to a year to complete these programs, which 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.
As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn will be dependent on how much experience they have, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.
Generally, an HVAC helper is an important member of a 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 expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.