Energy Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.
Duties: Identify energy savings opportunities and make recommendations to achieve more energy efficient operation. Manage the development, design, or construction of energy conservation projects to ensure acceptability of budgets and time lines, conformance to federal and state laws, or adherence to approved specifications. Conduct energy audits to evaluate energy use, costs, or conservation measures. Monitor and analyze energy consumption. Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.
Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Opportunities for Energy Engineer's is expected to grow slower than average through 2028. Estimated job openings is expected to be approximately 33,000.
Growth: Growth
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most positions require a minimum of a Bachelors degree. A Masters degree is not uncommon. Most Energy Engineers have a strong background in in industrial, mechanical, nuclear, or a related engineering field. Knowledge of physics, mechanics, construction methods, dynamics, and mathematics is essential. Both a state professional engineer license, and a Certified Energy Manager credential may be required.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.