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How to become an Energy Engineer

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What does a Energy Engineer do?

Chartered energy engineers work in the natural energy field, on the sourcing, production and use of oil and gas. Renewable energy engineers focus on alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and wave power. They hold senior positions, either heading a team of energy engineers or having a key post in the team. They have expertise in electrical, electronic, mechanical and civil engineering, and are involved in developing and maintaining power stations and the machinery used in alternative energy sourcing and production.

Chartered energy engineers construct equipment designed by engineering designers, and conduct testing and make modifications prior to installation and running. This involves extensive use of computer technology.

They can also be involved in operating and maintaining existing equipment, and may undertake research into their effectiveness. Some work for university or government research departments.

What's the working environment like working as a Energy Engineer?

Working hours are flexible according to priorities and deadlines. Work at weekends or on a shift system may be necessary.

Work can take place indoors or outdoors. Indoor working is likely to be in a power station, laboratory or workshop. Strict safety procedures will be observed.

What does it take to become a Energy Engineer?

To be a chartered energy engineer you need:

  • strong analytical skills and an innovative approach to problem solving
  • excellent mathematical and IT skills
  • strong communication skills
  • an excellent technical knowledge
  • to be able to prioritise and plan effectively
  • to be able to work within budgetary constraints
  • to keep up-to-date with new developments
  • to be able to work as part of a team and take responsibility
  • a comprehensive understanding of legal regulations affecting the sector.

In addition, European language skills may be an advantage, particularly if working on a transnational project.

Energy Engineer Career Opportunities

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Energy Engineer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Energy Institute
61 New Cavendish Street
London
W1G 7AR
www.energyinst.org.uk

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
London
WC2R 3ER
Tel: 020 7240 7891
www.engc.org.uk

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
14 Upton Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682
www.semta.org.uk

Cogent
Minerva House
Bruntland Road
Portlethen
Aberdeen
AB12 4QL
Tel: 01224 787800
www.cogent-ssc.com



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