HVAC helpers are technicians who work 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 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
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems
They are also frequently responsible for completing simple tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job 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. 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 then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average yearly wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and completing more training, HVAC helpers can graduate into fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, 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 expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.