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Working As An Energy Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $77,213

    Average Salary

What Does An Energy Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become An Energy Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Energy Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.2%

Female

13.6%

Unknown

5.2%
Ethnicity

White

66.6%

Asian

18.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

4.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

17.5%

Carrier

15.8%

French

12.3%

Chinese

10.5%

Mandarin

8.8%

German

5.3%

Cantonese

5.3%

Persian

3.5%

Russian

3.5%

Hindi

3.5%

Urdu

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Danish

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Tamil

1.8%
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Energy Engineer Education

Schools

University of Dayton

10.1%

University of Florida

8.4%

Pennsylvania State University

8.4%

North Carolina State University

5.9%

Northeastern University

5.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.0%

Drexel University

5.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.0%

Ferris State University

4.2%

Syracuse University

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Stanford University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.2%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.4%

Grand Valley State University

3.4%

University of California - Davis

3.4%

University of Idaho

3.4%

University of California - Berkeley

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

41.1%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

8.9%

Business

7.5%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.5%

Chemical Engineering

5.5%

Engineering

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Systems Engineering

2.2%

Civil Engineering

2.2%

Management

1.9%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Sustainability

1.4%

Architectural Engineering

1.4%

Finance

1.2%

Industrial Technology

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.2%

Masters

37.6%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

5.8%

Certificate

2.0%

Associate

1.6%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Energy Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Energy Engineer Theorem GEO Associates LLC Saint Petersburg, FL Apr 22, 2016 $200,000
SR. Energy Analysis Engineer Autodesk, Inc. Waltham, MA Aug 03, 2015 $166,837
Energy Engineer-IR San Diego Gas &Amp; Electric Company San Diego, CA Sep 15, 2016 $125,000
Senior Energy Engineer Enernoc, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 26, 2016 $120,009
Senior Energy Engineer Ecology Action of Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA Jan 29, 2015 $116,480 -
$123,344
Mechanical/Energy Engineer Dewberry Design Builders, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Nov 04, 2016 $113,131
Energy Engineer Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc. New York, NY Jul 27, 2016 $109,000
Energy Engineer Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $105,000 -
$120,000
Senior Energy Engineer-Opx Services Greeneru, Inc. Watertown Town, MA Jan 14, 2016 $104,750
Energy Engineer The Efficiency Network, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Feb 23, 2016 $104,395
Energy Engineer The Efficiency Network, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Mar 26, 2015 $104,395
Energy Modeling Engineer Steven Winter Associates, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $103,480
Senior Energy Engineer Clearesult Consulting, Inc. Camas, WA Nov 14, 2015 $103,280
Senior Energy Engineer Bright Power New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $102,731
Energy Engineer Peter Basso Associates Inc. Troy, MI Jun 09, 2015 $78,666
Intermediate Engineer/Energy Engineer II Lincus, Inc. Emeryville, CA Sep 01, 2015 $78,500
Energy Engineer Hudson Technologies Company Tulsa, OK Aug 30, 2016 $78,000
Energy Engineer II Clearesult Consulting, Inc. Downers Grove, IL Aug 30, 2016 $77,750
Energy Engineer Elara Energy Services, Inc. Hillside, IL May 10, 2016 $77,750
Energy Engineer Elara Energy Services, Inc. Hillside, IL Dec 29, 2016 $77,750
Energy Engineer II Clearesult Consulting, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 10, 2016 $76,586
Energy Engineer Eagle Systems International, Inc. Dba Synergy Comp San Diego, CA Oct 23, 2015 $76,274
Building Energy Analysis Engineer Center for Energy and Environment Minneapolis, MN Aug 12, 2015 $70,200
Energy Engineer Peter Basso Associates, Inc. Troy, MI Jan 04, 2016 $70,000
Energy Engineer Ameresco, Inc. Framingham, MA Mar 09, 2016 $70,000
Energy Engineer The Efficiency Network, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 14, 2015 $70,000
Energy Engineer Nestbuilders, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2015 $70,000
Energy Engineer The Efficiency Network, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jan 26, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for An Energy Engineer

HvacFacilityAuditsConservationMeasuresAshraeLevelCostSavingsBoilersPerformanceContractEcmsSavingsCalculationsMotorsControlSystemsChillersVFeasibilityStudiesProjectManagementSolarPVNyserdaROIBuildingAutomationPortfolio

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Top Energy Engineer Skills

  1. Hvac
  2. Facility Audits
  3. Conservation Measures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop tools to automate equipment fault detection and energy analysis using data collected from commercial HVAC systems.
  • Perform comprehensive facility audits to commercial clients in order to identify facility improvement measures that reduce energy and water costs.
  • Identified economically viable energy conservation measures and facility improvement measures that increased the functionality of systems and improved occupant comfort.
  • Performed energy assessment (ASHRAE level I, II, & III).
  • Evaluated utility, process and energy systems, analyzed and identified areas for process improvement and cost savings.

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