A glimpse of the HVAC, BAS market
Here is the story of the mechanical, or HVAC, engineer. Take a look at this snapshot of where your business stands today.
One of the things I find most interesting to construct--and then pick apart--is research. Some people's eyes may glaze over at statistics or spreadsheets or colorful charts, but I think it's fascinating to learn about the data. If you mull the general topic of research over a cup of tea or a pint of beer, it's really a cold topic. It's just numbers and figures in black and white. To me, data tells a story--a sequence of events or a glimpse into a particular subject. Crunching numbers is not cold and hard; it's verification that a gut feeling or a personal conversation is correct.
At Consulting-Specifying Engineer, we've known for some time what our audience looks like. But anecdotes shared over the phone and in-person conversations don't always tell the full story, so we've asked the expert--you--to share information with us. In return, I share with you the story of the mechanical, or HVAC, engineer. Here's a snapshot of where your business stands today.
· A basic summary of the survey, conducted in December 2012: Most respondents (69%) work at consulting engineering, design/build/construction, or architecture/engineering firms. Eight out of 10 respondents are management, senior engineers, or C-level executives. In terms of age, 59% of you are over 51 (and 14% of you are older than 65).
· The HVAC market is strong: 47% of those surveyed work at a firm that specifies $1.1 million or more annually in HVAC and building automation/control products. This verifies reports from the Federal Reserve Board and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation that HVAC product production will likely trail the rebound in housing and nonresidential construction; a 4% increase is forecast for 2013, and a 7% increase for 2014.
· Of the survey respondents, 54% have more than 20 years of experience. While that means we're seeing many seasoned engineers in the field, it also means that succession planning is more important than ever before. It means that up-and-coming engineers need to start taking leadership roles, and learn from and with their supervisors. For some leadership tips, see this month's Career Smart column.
· 13% of respondents indicated that codes and standards updates are the No. 1 item needed in order to perform better on the job. One of the top Google search terms in our industry is "ASHRAE 90.1." To help meet this need for updated information on Standard 90.1, read the codes and standards column.
The story does not stop here, however. As you might remember from a basic mathematics or statistics class, most data points will fall somewhere on a bell curve. There's the average, and then there are the anomalies. So if your personal statistics in any way buck the trends above, I'd like to hear from you. Comment below, or e-mail me at arozgus(at)cfemedia.com.
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2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.