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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

  • $82,000

    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 Career Paths

Hvac Engineer
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Owner/Operator
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Mechanical Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Manager Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Facility Engineer Facilities Manager Chief Engineer
Assistant Director Of Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Project Controls Engineer
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Lead Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Engineering Supervisor Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Mechanical Engineer Lead Systems Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Mechanic Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Hvac Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Unknown

12.5%

Female

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Asian

12.8%

Black or African American

11.8%

Unknown

6.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

44.2%

Spanish

11.6%

Chinese

4.7%

Mandarin

4.7%

Hindi

4.7%

Russian

4.7%

Arabic

4.7%

Gujarati

2.3%

German

2.3%

Romanian

2.3%

Albanian

2.3%

Persian

2.3%

French

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Korean

2.3%
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Hvac Engineer Education

Schools

New Jersey Institute of Technology

9.6%

Lincoln Technical Institute

8.4%

Drexel University

7.2%

Ferris State University

7.2%

New York University

6.0%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.8%

Wayne State University

3.6%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.6%

Clarkson University

3.6%

University of Phoenix

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

Clemson University

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

46.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

13.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.8%

Engineering

6.8%

Business

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%

Project Management

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Management

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%

Architectural Engineering

1.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%

Automotive Technology

1.0%

Elementary Education

1.0%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Other

23.2%

Masters

17.3%

Certificate

7.1%

Associate

5.6%

Diploma

3.4%

Doctorate

2.2%

License

0.8%
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$58,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
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$82,000
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$82,000
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$82,000
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Best Paying Company
Kalispell Regional Healthcare
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Hvac Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Hvac Engineer in the United States is $82,986 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $118,000.

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 & 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 Rapid Global Business Solutions, Inc. Madison Heights, MI Jun 27, 2014 $83,000
Hvac Engineer ICOR Associates, LLC Iselin, NJ Nov 26, 2012 $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. Raleigh, NC Nov 01, 2010 $68,000
Hvac Engineer In Training Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Charlotte, 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 & 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

  1. Package Units
  2. Water Pumps
  3. Chillers
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  • Store for Homes, Merle Hay and Southridge Malls have rooftop package units with electric heat.
  • Rebuild circulating water pumps, actuators and air handler units.
  • Maintained, serviced, and repaired high-pressure chillers and boilers, including: plumbing, basic electricity, and heating.
  • Managed design team the particular notes and qualities of each and delegated responsibilities to CAD draftsmen and interns.
  • Performed cooling and heating load calculations using hand analysis and computer software.

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