HVAC helpers work with 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 certified HVAC technicians, but they are still an important part of the team at an HVAC company.
What Tasks Do HVAC Helpers Complete?
HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- 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 they are functioning properly.
How Do You Become 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.
After completing a training program or apprenticeship, HVAC helpers then have the option to become certified through any number of organizations, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require sufficient on-site work experience or continuing education credits.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
The average salary of an HVAC helper varies depending on factors such as how much experience they have, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
Based on findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is 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 graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, increasing their annual salaries.
Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.