Career outlook for energy engineer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design and construct sites to generate energy from the wind, sun and water. You could also drill for and extract gas and oil.
You would research, design and oversee construction of power generation plants that use renewable and sustainable natural resources, such as:
- Water to generate hydro power
- Sunlight to produce solar power
- Plants or plant materials to generate biomass power
- Wind power
You could also be involved in drilling for gas and oil.
You would use mathematical and computer models to research and design new generating sites.
Depending on the type of project you work on, you could decide on the best locations for installations like wind farms, solar panels or hydropower plants. Or you might plan and oversee a production programme for sites like drilling platforms or hydroelectric plants.
- Manage and coordinate teams of technicians or site workers
- Design and select the equipment needed at the site
- Make sure the site meets environmental standards such as carbon reduction targets
- Analyse the costs of running the site and improve its efficiency
- Assess new and current processes to make the site as productive as possible
- Do laboratory experiments to develop large-scale industrial processes
You would work with other professionals such as geologists, geophysicists and specialist contractors.
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- Working with technology
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- Managing resources
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