Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) - Career Resources

Career Paths and Estimated Salary Ranges

Journeyman/Apprentice Mechanic ($8 - $30/hour)Installs and performs service maintenance of equipment and complete systems. Apprentice works under supervision of Journeyman. A vocational/technical school education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the contracting, servicing, manufacturing, and government and utilities employment areas.

Service Manager ($15 - $30/hour)Responsible for supervising field service, publishing service information, providing technical training to employees and customers. A university diploma is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the servicing and manufacturing employment areas.

Lab Technician/Technologist ($25,000 - $60,000)Responsible for building pilot models of new designs, testing them and reporting on the performance and compliance codes. A community college education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the manufacturing and government and utilities employment areas.

Research and Development ($30,000 - $75,000)Responsible for design of heating and cooling equipment, rating the performance, testing new developments, and supplying information for sales and service literature. A community college education or an university degree is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the manufacturing employment area.

Outside Sales Engineer (Salary range $40,000 - $140,000)Sells new equipment, service contracts, modifications of redesign of existing systems. Provides technical assistance to customers. An university degree is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the servicing, manufacturing, and merchandising and sales employment areas.

Outside Sales Technician or Representative ($30,000 - $60,000) Sells new equipment, service contracts, modifications to existing systems. Provides technical assistance to customers. Sometimes under supervision of an engineer. A high school diploma and community college education are prerequisites for this job. This job is included in the servicing, manufacturing, and merchandising and sales employment areas.

Inside Sales Representative ($30,000 - $60,000)Sells, by means of telephone or correspondence, and answers inquiries for equipment or servicing. A community college education or university degree is prerequisites for this job. This job is included in the servicing, manufacturing, and merchandising and sales employment areas.

Inside Sales Order Desk ($10 - $20/hour)Receives and processes phone orders, salesperson's orders or across the counter orders for parts, accessories, and new equipment. Supplies product information and prices. A high school diploma and community college education are prerequisites for this job. This job is included in the servicing, manufacturing, and merchandising and sales employment areas.

Estimator ($15 - $25/hour)Works with plans and specifications and often existing site conditions in order to determine material and labor requirements and prepare bid for job. An university diploma is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the consulting, contracting, servicing, manufacturing, merchandising and sales, and government and utilities employment areas.

Sales Manager ($50,000 - $150,000)Responsible for budgets, sales forecasts, supervision of sales force and quotations, maintaining and helping to determine company sales policy. A community college education or an university diploma is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the servicing, manufacturing, and merchandising and sales employment areas.

Administration ($8 - $20/hour)General Manager, Treasurer, Accountant, Secretary, Comptroller, etc. Responsible for methods of operation, determining company policies, supervising key personnel, and company performance. A community college education or an university diploma is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the consulting, contracting, servicing, manufacturing, merchandising and sales, and government and utilities employment areas.

Application Engineer/Technician ($30,000 - $60,000)Responsible for selecting equipment to meet the job specifications, interpreting the plans for the installation department, securing materials to complete the contract. A community college education or an university diploma is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the contracting, servicing, manufacturing, merchandising and sales, and government and utilities employment areas.

Draftsperson/CAD/Layout ($10 - $20/hour)Responsible for the job plans, layout for system, details for special construction, piping sizes, duct work sizes, grill sizes, location of equipment, and control system details. A high school diploma and a community college education are prerequisites for this job. This job is included in the consulting, contracting, manufacturing, and government and utilities employment areas.

Consulting/Design Engineer ($15 - $25/hour)Responsible for selection, design, layout, and specification of mechanical equipment to meet end user requirements. Insures that installations are made in accordance with instructions. An university degree is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the consulting, contracting, manufacturing, and government and utilities employment areas.

Project Manager ($15 - $25/hour)In charge of specific company project or projects. Responsible for engineering design, materials control, on-site problem solving, and coordination with other companies on job-site. A community college education or an university degree is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the consulting, contracting, and government and utilities employment areas.

Purchasing ($10 - $20 hour)Responsible for obtaining materials and equipment at lowest cost according to requirements or specifications and consistent with quality and delivery. A community college education or an university degree is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the contracting, manufacturing, merchandising and sales, and government and utilities employment areas.

Production ($8 - $25/hour)Performs one or more of many functions required to convert raw materials into finished products, using drawings, sketches, etc. Could be section foreman, line supervisor, stock keeper, etc. A vocational/technical school education or a community college education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the manufacturing employment area.

Inspector ($40,000 - $60,000)Insure equipment or system is manufactured or installed according to approvals, specifications, or codes. Insures standards and regulations, etc. are adhered to as laid down by company, associations, and/or government agencies. A community college education or an university degree is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the consulting, manufacturing, and government and utilities employment areas.

Job Foreman or Supervisor ($15 - $25/hour)Responsible for planning, assigning and supervising service personnel's work. Arranges for required service materials. Plans regular servicing and maintenance program. A vocational/technical school education or a community college education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the contracting and servicing employment areas.

Specification Writer ($35,000 - $45,000)Responsible for writing specifications of equipment requirements, installation details, performance requirements for the contractor and complete information for the tendering of a project. An university degree is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the consulting and government and utilities employment areas.

Field Service and Installation ($10 - $25/hour)Responsible for performing all service maintenance and installation of equipment. A vocational/technical school education or a community college education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the contracting, servicing, and manufacturing employment areas.

Shop Service and Repair ($8 - $20/hour)Responsible for repair of equipment and fabrication of shop assembled equipment. A vocational/technical school education or a community college education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the servicing and manufacturing employment areas.

Service Salesman ($30,000 - $80,000)Sells service contracts on new and existing installations. Plans warranty service for equipment manufacturers. A vocational/technical school education or a community college education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the servicing and manufacturing employment areas.

Inventory Control ($8 - $15/hour)Accounts for paper and physical control of goods consistent with supply and demand. A community college education is a prerequisite for this job. This job is included in the manufacturing and merchandising and sales employment areas.

Facility Engineer ($40,000 - $60,000)Directs and reviews consultants during design and inspects construction, supervises operation of HVAC systems.

Professor/Instructor ($25,000 - $75,000)Develops and teaches HVAC&R courses. Conducts research into new technologies.

Contractor/Owner ($0 - unlimited. Could operate at a loss) Assumes the risk of the business. Needs to be entrepreneurial. Job duties can include all of the above if a small contractor, or may be limited to specific aspects of the business as other employees handle other specialties.