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Energy engineer

Energy engineers research, design and build power generation plants, and work in the oil and gas industry.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £80,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

41 to 43 a week

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • researching and designing new generating sites
  • deciding on the best locations for sites
  • planning and overseeing production programmes for sites
  • managing and coordinating teams of technicians or site workers
  • designing and selecting equipment
  • meeting environmental standards, like carbon reduction targets
  • finding the most cost efficient and productive processes
  • carrying out laboratory experiments
  • converting experiments into large-scale industrial processes
  • working with geologists, geophysicists and specialist contractors
  • managing projects and budgets

You could work at a power station, in an office, in a laboratory or on a rig.

With experience, you could move into planning, policy development, or freelance consultancy.

You'll find more on energy engineering careers from the Energy Institute, [National Grid Careers |] and Talent Source Network.

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