HVAC engineers are critical in the design of air quality and temperature control systems. They perform work on control systems for a multitude of building types and have the general responsibilities of creating and designing schematics, selecting the proper equipment required for specific systems and components, providing cost estimates for customers, meeting with inspectors prior to design and installation, and performing evaluation of systems. Skills which are essential to completing this job include complex problem solving, critical thinking, a deep understanding of mathematics and dynamics as well as creativity. Due to the intricacies of this role and its complexity, HVAC engineers will always be required for the development of HVAC systems and are critical to the success of any HVAC job.
HVAC Engineer License and Certification
There are other requirements that must be met prior to obtaining work as a HVAC engineer. HVAC engineers must obtain EPA Section 608 Technician Certification. This certification is offered in the forms of Type I, II, III or Universal which span from small appliances of 5lbs of less of refrigerant up to certification which encompasses appliances of varying pressures and refrigerant content. In addition, different states have different licensing requirements for HVAC engineers. It is critical for those looking to work in this role to check with both the state level and local level requirements on licensing prior to taking on work in the field. Licensure may be required at the apprentice, journeyman or contractor levels depending on the city or state the applicant lives in and there may also be licensure for the specific type of work that they are able to perform. Some of the most commonly required licenses and certifications for HVAC engineers include the professional engineer (PE) license or any certifications offered by one of the following organizations: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Associated Air Balance Council, Green Building Certification Institute, National Fire Prevention Association, and the Association for Facilities Engineering.
HVAC Engineer Training and Education
Prior to starting work in this field most candidates should obtain a 4 year degree in engineering or a very closely related field. This occupation within the HVAC field tends to require the highest amount of education due to the complexity of the job and the need for more advanced science and mathematics. It is highly recommended to obtain an education at a program which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
HVAC Engineer Salary
The average salary for HVAC engineers is around $64,000 with a typical range of $50,000 to $95,000 per year depending on factors such as work experience, level of education, licensure and certifications. States which pay the highest rates for HVAC engineers include Maryland, Texas, New Mexico, and Alaska with HVAC engineers earning on average over $100,000 annually.