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Heating Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Solar Power

As each technology progresses from the R&D phase toward full-scale commercialization, an increasing number of both professional and skilled workers are needed to sell, manufacture, design, install, and maintain equipment. The PV and solar hot water industries currently employ the majority of these workers, including electricians, engineers, technicians, and technical managers. As utility-scale CSP technologies become commercially viable, the CSP industry will eventually require an increasing number of these workers, as well as engineers and construction workers to design and build power plants. The passive solar industry involves many of these professions as well, but also employs architects and builders. 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.


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.


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

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