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The job of an energy engineer is to help develop innovative ways of producing energy through natural and renewable resources. This incorporates a number of roles including design, development, research and supply.

What does an Energy engineer do?
  • Design and develop new technologies in the field of renewable energy

  • Build your designs

  • Incorporate new renewable energy within existing systems

  • Use computer modelling

  • Undertake experiments and adapt them for large scale products

  • Liaise with various contractors and organisations

  • Visit sites to inspect them and check their suitability for the incorporation of renewable energy technologies

  • Ensure compliance with legislative and environmental standards
What skills and interests should an Energy engineer have?
  • Interest in science and the environment

  • Verbal and written communication

  • IT skills

  • Management skills

  • Problem solving

  • Understanding of the energy market

  • Proficiency speaking foreign languages (if working for large companies)
What hours does an Energy engineer typically do?
For those who work in design or development roles, working hours are typically 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

However, for those working on location in power plants or drilling operations there is an expectation to cover shifts across all seven days, including some late night and weekend work.
What environment is an Energy engineer based in?
Depending on your position you could work in an office, a lab or on location.
How much does an Energy engineer travel?
Once again, depending on your position, the travel involvement can vary. For those in design, travel is fairly uncommon, but for those working on site travel can become a large part of the job as you may need to travel between locations.
How much does an Energy engineer get paid?
At entry level energy engineers can expect to make between £20,000 and £30,000 a year.
After a couple of years of experience this can then increase to between £35,000 to £60,000, with even higher salaries available to those at the highest level in large companies.
What qualifications does an Energy engineer need?
To become an energy engineer you must have a degree in a relevant subject (see below).

Although not absolutely necessary, it is also helpful if this degree is accredited by a professional body as this will then count towards you becoming a chartered engineer.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • Environmental engineering

  • Environmental science

  • Mining/petroleum engineering

  • Earth sciences

  • Electrical/mechanical/chemical engineering
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