An HVAC helper is a technician who works alongside more experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?
HVAC helpers often assist with many aspects of key HVAC services, such as:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
- Aiding technicians as they complete installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.
How Do You Apply to Be an HVAC Helper?
For anyone interested in being 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. Many programs extend classes to cover 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. Becoming certified requires passing a test as well as completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn will be dependent on their total experience, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.
Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual 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 graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual 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.