Question: What’s the difference between an HVAC contracts engineer and an HVAC projects engineer?
Answer: It depends who you ask.
As anyone who works in the HVAC sector knows, it’s made up of such a diverse mix of companies that it can be very difficult to explain who’s who and what’s what.
The HVAC umbrella covers manufacturers, distributors, main contractors, sub-contractors, wholesalers, consultants and architects. Within each part of the industry there are literally dozens of job titles, each of which means something slightly different depending on the type of company – and who you’re talking to.
Is it any wonder then that newcomers to the industry struggle to understand the complexities of the industry and how it all fits together? The idea that a consultant will specify the equipment to be used on a project on behalf of a developer but that the same equipment will then be bought by another company, a contractor, is quite a complex idea for someone outside the HVAC field.
The same applies to job titles. When is a project engineer not a project engineer? When he’s an application engineer of course, or a project manager. All three could be doing the same job but with very different titles.
As a company that works exclusively within the HVAC industry we know it like the back of our hand and as recruiters we overcome the difficulties mentioned by defining the roles we advertise accurately and in great detail. We’re specialists working in a niche area and our knowledge has been built up over many years.
The challenge for an HVAC sector that wants to draw in new talent and skills is to find a way to help those who are keen to learn more about the industry.
If only there were an HVAC handbook for those who are new to it all to refer to and understand where their skills fit in.
When the point was raised with the BSRIA they responded to say that although there were several directories listing HVAC firms, none went into detail about what each company did.
So here’s a challenge to industry experts. Where can a learner go to find out about your industry? We have a good bottle of the Wine Society Favourites for the most useful answer!
Savvy HVAC Industry and Career Advice from Thornhvac
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