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There are numerous positions available for persons specializing in the area of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, which is commonly referred to as HVAC. Among them are engineers/technicians, controls specialists, supervisors and estimators. Many of these craftsmen work as an essential part of a team of maintenance specialists
Most of those holding positions in this field will spend the majority of their time installing HVAC equipment, including mechanical and electronic components, as well as installing ductwork, including tubing and sheet metal components. Additional tasks include repairs and troubleshooting, recycling and handling CFC and HCFC materials, and some positions will involve team management, cost estimation and communication with other maintenance and construction specialists.
The average annual salary for heating, ventilation and air conditioning experts in the United Kingdom is £37,500. Those in the most desirable positions will earn figures in the range of £42,000 per year, whilst the lower salaries in related positions hover at just over £28,000 per year. Technical courses can provide ample training and certification preparation for this field, whilst apprenticeships can be immensely valuable. Certification is required for all HVAC workers in Britain.

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An HVAC engineer works on ventilation systems and air conditioning systems. HVAC stands for Heating, ventilation and Air Conditioning. Persons in this career work in the mechanical engineering industry. These professionals not only maintain or repair the systems, but they design and test them as well.
Job locations are varied and these individuals work in office buildings, or outdoor locations. They may work at one location or have many sites for which they are responsible. This job can be regarded as highly technical and advanced; and HVAC engineers receive very good salaries.
A HVAC engineer usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Updating records
• Performing servicing duties
• Checking for faults
• Using Air Conditioning and Commercial Gas works
• Installing and repairing plant equipment

Skills

• Stress management and adaptability
• Being proactive and commercially aware
• Handling clients and executing good customer service skills
• Communication and organisation
• Writing reports and analysing costs
• Following market trends
• Being computer literate
• Being calm and a good team player
• Being literate and effective
• Implementing engineering knowledge
• Following safety and health guidelines

Education

HVAC engineers receive technical education. They may study at vocational or technical institutions. Educational institutions that cater to this area may offer a number of courses. This may include:
•    Mechanical Engineering
•    Electrical Wiring
•    Safe Handling of Refrigerants
•    Gas Handling
•    Inspection & Testing
Persons interested in this career may pursue a Diploma, HNC, HND, City & Guilds or University degree certification.

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