Lighting engineers are responsible for creating lighting products and improving products which are currently available. These engineers may work for a lighting company or consulting firm which creates products for clients, and their work often revolves around improving lighting in terms of energy use, effects on humans, and cost. They also contribute greatly to the profitability of their companies; prior to recommending any products to be released, they must perform various tests and research to ensure that designs are both creative and cost-effective.
Lighting engineers must be able to create sketches and blueprints and should also be proficient with engineering design software such as autoCAD. Teamwork is often important on this position in order to collaborate on product ideas and design; however, once tasks are delegated, these engineers should be motivated and focused to complete their work in a timely manner. Much of the work is done in an office with the aid of a computer, though some in-field research may occasionally be required. Prototypes of created products must also be tested by lighting engineers prior to pushing them for release onto the market to ensure that they work as they should.
A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering is generally required for this position, and some concentration in this study should be on lighting. Before a lighting engineer is hired, he/she may also need to demonstrate past experience and success in lighting engineering.
Lighting Engineer Tasks
Develop new design or manufacturing techniques for lighting equipment.
Direct and supervise the installation of lighting fixtures according to client specifications.
Adhere to municipal codes for lighting and electrical output.
Design, develop, test, and oversee the manufacture of lighting equipment.
Mentor and train junior lighting engineers.