HVAC helpers are technicians who work with 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 remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
What Does an HVAC Helper 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
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of heating and cooling systems
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?
To start as an HVAC helper, you generally start by completing a 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.
Once the training or apprenticeship program is complete, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, including the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. You'll become certified after passing an exam, although some programs also require completing a certain amount of work experience or continuing education credits.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn will be dependent on how much experience they have, the region where they work and which company they end up working for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can graduate into fully certified HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.
All in all,, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, providing assistance with the 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.