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Heating Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Geothermal

While geothermal energy is used to produce electricity it also has direct uses: greenhouses can be heated with geothermal water, pipes of geothermal water can be installed under sidewalks and roads to keep them from icing over in winter, geothermal water can be piped from wells to heat single homes or whole residential areas or commercial districts, hot water from one or more geothermal wells can be piped through a heat exchanger plant to heat city water in separate pipes and the same hot water can be piped to heat exchangers in buildings to warm the air. Geothermal heat pumps can be used almost everywhere in the world, without a geothermal reservoir. The insulating properties of the earth, just below our feet, can keep us warm or cool. All of these potential uses will require heating engineers to design the systems to take advantage of these emerging technologies. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineers design systems and manage projects including cost estimating, specification writing and construction administration of these projects as well as oversee installation of systems.

Work Settings

Most Heating Engineers work in office buildings but spend considerable time at construction sites.

Education

HVAC Engineers often have a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in HVAC.

Job Outlook

Employment of HVAC Engineers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014.

Salary

Experienced HVAC Engineers can make between $60,000 and $70,000 per year.

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