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Working As A Hvac Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $62,234

    Average Salary

What Does A Hvac Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A Hvac Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Hvac Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

90.3%

Female

6.9%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

69.2%

Asian

13.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Unknown

4.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

44.4%

Spanish

8.3%

Chinese

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Mandarin

2.8%

Gujarati

2.8%

German

2.8%

Romanian

2.8%

Albanian

2.8%

Persian

2.8%

French

2.8%

Amharic

2.8%

Urdu

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%
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Hvac Engineer Education

Schools

Ferris State University

9.4%

Lincoln Technical Institute

7.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.3%

Drexel University

6.3%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

6.3%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

4.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.7%

Clemson University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of Delaware

4.7%

State University of New York Maritime College

4.7%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.7%

Washington State University

3.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

Santa Clara University

3.1%

Norfolk State University

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

46.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

15.5%

Engineering

6.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Business

2.2%

Management

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

General Studies

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%

Architectural Engineering

1.3%

Automotive Technology

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.3%

Nuclear Engineering

1.3%

Natural Resources Management

0.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.9%

Industrial Technology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.5%

Other

25.8%

Masters

14.8%

Certificate

7.4%

Associate

6.7%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

2.5%

License

1.4%
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Real Hvac Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Hvac Engineer Metroworth Consulting LLC Katy, TX Jan 15, 2011 $219,135
Lead Hvac Engineer Metroworth Consulting LLC Katy, TX Feb 10, 2013 $219,135 -
$333,920
Hvac Engineer Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Conshohocken, PA Jan 04, 2011 $133,037
Senior Hvac Engineer ICOR Associates Iselin, NJ Apr 23, 2015 $101,046
Senior Hvac Engineer Building Energy Solutions & Technology, Inc. Omaha, NE Apr 18, 2014 $96,902
Senior Hvac Engineer (Industrial Engineering) Joseph R. Loring & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $93,517 -
$110,000
Powertrain Cooling & Hvac Engineer Roush Management, L.L.C. Allen Park, MI Mar 30, 2016 $88,500
Mechanical Hvac Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 26, 2015 $86,940 -
$111,384
Energy Services Hvac Engineer Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Charlotte, NC Nov 01, 2013 $85,280
Hvac Engineer ICOR Associates, LLC Iselin, NJ Sep 15, 2014 $83,000
Hvac Engineer ICOR Associates, LLC Iselin, NJ Nov 26, 2012 $83,000
Hvac Engineer Rapid Global Business Solutions, Inc. Madison Heights, MI Jun 27, 2014 $83,000
Hvac Engineer 3 Klingstubbins Inc. Philadelphia, PA Feb 06, 2016 $76,715
Hvac Engineer WSP Flack + Kurtz, Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2012 $76,500
Hvac Engineer/Designer GSE Holdings Inc. Palmetto, FL Sep 29, 2010 $76,254
Senior Hvac Engineer Building Energy Solutions & Technology, Inc. Omaha, NE Apr 18, 2011 $75,000
Hvac Engineer WSP Flack + Kurtz, Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2009 $73,000
Hvac Engineer Nodal Partners, LLC Austin, TX Aug 20, 2013 $72,000
Hvac Engineer In Training Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Charlotte, NC Nov 01, 2010 $68,000
Hvac Engineer In Training Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Raleigh, NC Nov 01, 2010 $68,000
Hvac Engineer NRG Engineering, G.P. Corpus Christi, TX Sep 18, 2015 $63,856
Hvac Engineer Aries Heating & Cooling Corporation Teaneck, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $60,528
Hvac Engineer 1 Klingstubbins Inc. Philadelphia, PA Oct 28, 2014 $60,278 -
$86,357
Mechanical Hvac Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 27, 2012 $60,000 -
$87,000
Hvac Engineer Vision Building Energy Efficiency, LLC Austin, TX Sep 07, 2010 $60,000
Hvac Engineer (Mechanical Engineering) Control Air Conditioning Corp. Anaheim, CA Sep 25, 2012 $59,966 -
$70,000
Junior Hvac Engineer Building Energy Solutions & Technology, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 22, 2013 $59,654
Mechanical Hvac Engineer Broad U.S.A. Inc. Covina, CA Oct 01, 2014 $59,605
Hvac Engineer Broad USA, Inc. Hackensack, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $59,438

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Top Skills for A Hvac Engineer

CentrifugalChillersHvacSystemsCADLoadCalculationsSteamBoilersSafetyFacilityAirHandlerUnitsDuctworkLayoutEmergencyGeneratorsPreventiveMaintenanceTroubleshootVAVEquipmentSelectionHotWaterTraneSystemDesignHeatPumpsKitchenEquipmentRefrigerationEquipment

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Top Hvac Engineer Skills

  1. Centrifugal Chillers
  2. Hvac Systems
  3. CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operate and maintain centrifugal chillers, chilled water systems, and cooling towers.
  • Calculated heat loss, heat gain, airflow requirements, and determined equipment capacity for industrial and residential HVAC systems.
  • Demonstrated and verified the project goals using e-Quest, and AutoCAD.
  • Write detailed documentation to outline client requirements, load calculations, equipment selection, and code compliance.
  • Received/Responded to patient call-requests Maintained annual cleaning on steam boilers.

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