HVAC helpers are technicians who work with experienced HVAC technicians to assist in 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.
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
- 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 normal operation.
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. 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.
After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, such as the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
An HVAC helper's salary will be dependent on their level of experience, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.
Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, ensuring professional 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.