An HVAC helper is a technician who works with seasoned HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
These HVAC helpers are usually just starting out compared to fully licensed HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.
What Does an HVAC Helper Do?
HVAC helpers will support technicians throughout the process, assisting with tasks like:
- Carrying and loading equipment and materials
- Preparing the job site or cleaning up afterwards
- Supporting the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems
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, individuals typically need to complete a vocational 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. Some programs may also include classes in 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, 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.
What Is an HVAC Helper's Salary?
The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn varies depending on factors such as how much experience they have, the region where they work and the type of company they work for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for HVAC helpers is around $37,000, although some 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, which typically earn higher salaries.
Generally, HVAC helpers are key members of any heating and cooling team, helping ensure the quality installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.