HVAC Engineer

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Mechanical and Related Engineers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical HVAC Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $81,050

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $80,966

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs, installs, maintains, and repairs heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina178+14.8%
Nationwide5743+8.8%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every HVAC Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • HVAC: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.
  • Plumbing: Plumbing is any system that conveys fluids for a wide range of applications.
  • Revit: Working experience of Revit. Autodesk Revit is building information modeling software for architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors developed by Autodesk. It allows users to design a building and structure and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements, and access building information from the building model's database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building's lifecycle, from concept to construction and later maintenance and/or demolition.
  • AutoCAD: AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application.

Distinguishing Skills

Any HVAC Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Equipment Selection:
  • Duct Work: Working experience of Duct Work, which is a system of metal or fiberglass tubes that run through a home or building and that are part of the heating and air conditioning system
  • Energy Modeling: Energy modeling or energy system modeling is the process of building computer models of energy systems in order to analyze them.
  • Design and Construction: Experience working in teams or organizations that deliver projects in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity.
  • Plumbing Design: Working experience of Plumbing Design. Plumbing is any system that conveys fluids for a wide range of applications.Plumbing uses pipes, valves, plumbing fixtures, tanks, and other apparatuses to convey fluids

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years14%
3 to 5 years47%
6 to 8 years20%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer
  • Hvac Engineer
  • Refrigeration Engineer
  • Mechanical Hvac Engineer

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