HVAC design engineers are responsible for the design, configuration, operation, and pricing of building control systems, including heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics. They must be creatively-inclined with excellent communication and design skills, and a high degree of mathematical understanding is important, as much of their work focuses on calculations and measurements.
HVAC design engineers generally work in consulting and design industries to create new system designs for companies. They work exclusively indoors, both in offices and at on-site installations where repairs or new systems are required. Their workday focuses primarily on performing calculations to solve various design issues that arise when creating new heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration systems. Their job is of an intellectual nature with some physical effort involved when working on installations or troubleshooting existing systems. and they usually work with other engineers and workers involved in the construction process.
Those in this position are typically responsible for answering to a company boss or directly to clients in some cases. A bachelor's degree in HVAC technology or a related field such as architectural or mechanical engineering is generally required for this position. State licensing requirements vary, but most must be certified to work in the field of HVAC design. These engineers work long hours, often at desks performing calculations and drawing designs, and they may spend months at a time on individual projects. They also perform diagnostics and repairs at job sites to ensure the functionality of the systems they design.
HVAC Design Engineer Tasks
Design HVAC systems and their automatic controls.
Manage tasks and schedules for multiple projects.
Perform calculations and check specifications and adherence to building codes.
Present designs to customers, answer questions and recommend materials.