Energy engineer oversee energy-related elements that may occur in their employer's various projects. They perform technical analysis and reviews, providing risk analysis for potential areas of concern. They use their technical perspective to customize software and spreadsheets, modeling facility changes that could impact overall energy consumption and for new buildings to be evaluated for potential energy consumption. Energy engineers regularly conduct field assessments and audits, collecting overall energy usage data and analyzing it for any issues. The energy engineer's typical day includes site visits on current project sites with the construction managers, analysis of energy data to determine if a building or project is meeting standards, and modeling new projects from an energy perspective. There is usually no physical component to an energy engineer’s day, but the ability to move around outdoor job sites is often required.
Energy engineers are generally required to have bachelor's degrees in a relevant engineering or science field, and they need to be certified engineering managers. Extensive knowledge of energy efficiency programs, market strategy techniques, and relevant computer software are a requirement for any energy engineer. The ability to conduct cost savings analyses and to streamline software capabilities are preferred. Communication skills are important, as energy-related concerns must be effectively addressed with the contractors performing construction to ensure that the program requirements are met.
Energy Engineer Tasks
Visit sites and analyze facilities, HVAC, refrigeration, and blueprints to audit existing energy situation.
Participate in project design and implementation to improve energy efficiency.
Collaborate with internal departments to make sales, schedule visits and craft financial forecasts for clients.
Develop energy analyses and recommendations, including savings analyses and efficiency ratings.