An HVAC helper is a technician who works with experienced HVAC technicians as they complete the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than 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
- Cleaning and preparing job sites
- Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment
They may also conduct basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to look for signs of trouble.
What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?
For anyone interested in being 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. Related subjects may be covered in additional classes, such as electrical theory and safety practices.
As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers may choose to become certified by a professional organization, such as 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.
How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?
The average salary of an HVAC helper usually depends on their level of experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers is approximately $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers can eventually earn more. With experience and additional training, HVAC helpers may be able to advance to become fully certified HVAC technicians, earning higher average 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. With the right training and experience, an HVAC helper can expect to be a valuable part of the HVAC industry.