Energy engineers help research, design and construct renewable-power generation plants.

What does an energy engineer do?

As an engineer involved in energy production, as well as working on gas and oil extraction, this role would work on producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources, such as hydro, solar, biomass, and wind power.

What do I need to do to become an energy engineer?

To become an energy engineer, you will need a degree in an engineering or scientific subject. Some employers may also expect you to have a relevant postgraduate qualification.

You’ll need great organisational skills to manage projects and budgets. You’ll also be able to work out how to solve problems when fixing technical issues.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Organisation
  • People management
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Essential qualifications

  • A degree in an engineering or scientific subject

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could be employed in the oil and gas industry, energy production companies, or in government and university research. Renewable energy is seen as a growth area, due to increased interest in environmental issues.

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