An HVAC helper is a technician who works alongside more experienced HVAC technicians to assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
These HVAC helpers are usually just starting out compared to fully certified 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.
How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?
For anyone interested in being 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. Many programs extend classes to cover related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, 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.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn usually depends on their total experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may earn more or less than this amount. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.
Overall, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, helping ensure the quality installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.