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Job Description

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’ll usually need a degree in engineering or a related science subject, like:

  • mining or petroleum engineering
  • environmental technology
  • energy engineering
  • earth sciences
  • environmental engineering
  • renewable or sustainable energy
  • electrical engineering
  • chemical engineering

You may need to have, or be working towards, a postgraduate qualification. This should be related to the area you wish to work in, like an MSc in renewable energy engineering.

The Energy Institute's Energy Careers has details of approved degrees and postgraduate courses.

The Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy has details of sponsorship to research offshore technologies for wind, wave and tidal-current technologies.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

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

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £80,000

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