HVAC helpers work alongside more experienced HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Your average HVAC helper has less experience when compared to professional 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
- Getting the site prepared and keeping it clean
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure normal operation.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a training program or an apprenticeship. These programs usually last for a few months to a year and provide hands-on training in the installation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Some programs may also include classes in 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 completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
Do HVAC Helpers Have Good Salaries?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn varies depending on factors such as their total experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, although some HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers can graduate into truly professional HVAC technicians, earning higher average salaries.
Generally, an HVAC helper is an important member of a 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 become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.