What does an Energy Engineer do?

Energy engineers work on projects designed to reduce energy use or costs. They research how to generate new energy to reduce carbon emissions, minimize environmental damage, and carry-out site inspections and energy surveys. They often design systems that assist with a larger process and propose designs that interact with more extensive systems to make them more energy-efficient. They must first observe specific aspects including how equipment, machinery, and workers interact.

Energy engineers adhere to federal guidelines, set budgets, and ensure that work schedules are appropriate for an agreed-upon completion date. They need a general understanding of the current energy market and knowledge of relevant legislation around energy efficiency, carbon emissions, and steps to implement efficient systems that comply with legal standards. Energy engineers need a minimum bachelor's degree in engineering science to focus on electrical, mechanical, environmental, or chemical engineering.

What responsibilities are common for Energy Engineer jobs?
  • Analyze options for gas, electricity, and renewable energy purchases.
  • Provide ad-hoc energy support and education to clients and prospects.
  • Monitor and report on energy use and spending trends.
  • Manage the utility accounting system and create reports and updates using energy data.
  • Ability to interact with client and client employees, senior management, staff, and suppliers as a professional at all times.
  • Develop and implement research and evaluation strategies to meet client needs.
  • Identify and incorporate new, innovative processes and technologies into existing operations.
  • Make certain all applicable tests and/or commissioning activities are performed on every piece of equipment or system in accordance with planning and project documents.
  • Acting as primary point of contact with clients, understand and communicate client expectations.
  • Collect and analyze data, particularly field and/or market data, to provide actionable insights and recommendations for next steps.
  • Initiate, develop, and maintain conservation offerings throughout the district.
  • Ensure operations adhere to the goals and policies and specified sustainability requirements affecting the contract.
  • Develop, implement and monitor energy efficiency strategies, policies and programs that promotes sustainable maintenance practices.
  • Physical demands include intermittent sitting, standing, and walking, and occasional bending reaching and lifting.
What are the typical qualifications for Energy Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, engineering, mathematics or computer science, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with SQL, LEED, Linux, Cloud, HMI, PLC, and R Language software, systems, and processes.
  • Fluent in scripting, problem solving, and writing protocols.
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Can work with operating systems, Ashrae, and interfacing projects.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic.
  • Experience as a consultant.
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How much does an Energy Engineer make near United States?

$105,778 /yr
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Energy Engineer Career Path

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