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Energy Engineers are involved in the production of energy through natural resources such as solar, wind, wave and dynamo generation, as well as the extraction process of oil and gas. They are focused on finding efficient, clean and innovative ways to supply energy.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through: 


You may be able to start by doing a degree apprenticeship in power or nuclear engineering.

You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.

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You can do a degree in an engineering or a scientific subject. Some employers may expect you to have a postgraduate qualification.

Relevant subjects include:

  • mining or petroleum engineering
  • energy engineering
  • Earth sciences
  • environmental engineering
  • renewable or sustainable energy

If you're interested in postgraduate research and want to continue your studies up to PhD level, you may be able to apply for a course like an EngD.

These courses are offered by the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy. You would be sponsored by a company to research offshore technologies for wind, wave and tidal power.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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More Information

You'll find more on energy engineering careers from the Energy InstituteNational Grid Careers and Talent Source Network.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move into planning, policy development, or freelance consultancy.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Nuclear engineer
  • Marine engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Research scientist

Required Skills

  • An interest in science, technology and environmental issues
  • Good commercial awareness 
  • Knowledge of legislation surrounding energy efficiency
  • Good communication skills
  • Organisation and negotiation skills

Salary Range

£20,000 to £80,000

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