HVAC helpers work with experienced HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
What Does an HVAC Helper Do?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.
How Do You Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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. Related subjects may be covered in additional classes, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, including 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?
An HVAC helper's salary will be dependent 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, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.
All in all,, 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. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.