Energy Engineers

Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.

Median Annual Wage: $94,240

Education: Bachelor's degree (69%); Associate's degree (8%); Post-secondary certificate (8%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Energy Efficiency Engineer; Energy Manager; Distributed Generation Project Manager; Energy Engineer; Environmental Solutions Engineer; Industrial Energy Engineer; Measurement And Verification Engineer; Test and Balance Engineer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Energy Engineers.

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  • Manage the development, design, or construction of energy conservation projects to ensure acceptability of budgets and time lines, conformance to federal and state laws, or adherence to approved specifications.
  • Conduct energy audits to evaluate energy use, costs, or conservation measures.
  • Monitor and analyze energy consumption.
  • Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.
  • Oversee design or construction aspects related to energy such as energy engineering, energy management, and sustainable design.
  • Conduct jobsite observations, field inspections, or sub-metering to collect data for energy conservation analyses.
  • Review architectural, mechanical, or electrical plans and specifications to evaluate energy efficiency or determine economic, service, or engineering feasibility.
  • Inspect or monitor energy systems, including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or daylighting systems to determine energy use or potential energy savings.
  • Evaluate construction design information such as detail and assembly drawings, design calculations, system layouts and sketches, or specifications.
  • Direct the work of contractors or staff in the implementation of energy management projects.
  • Prepare project reports and other program or technical documentation.
  • Analyze, interpret, or create graphical representations of energy data, using engineering software.
  • Make recommendations regarding energy fuel selection.
  • Review or negotiate energy purchase agreements.
  • Provide consultation to clients or other engineers on topics such as climate control systems, energy modeling, data logging, energy management control systems, lighting or daylighting design, sustainable design, and energy auditing.
  • Train personnel or clients on topics such as energy management.
  • Promote awareness or use of alternative or renewable energy sources.
  • Consult with construction or renovation clients or other engineers on topics such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Green Buildings.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Energy Engineers.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Energy Engineers.

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