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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Salary Range
€23k - €43k
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In Brief...

Works on ways of producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources such as wind power, solar power or biofuels, or on more traditional sources such as oil and gas.

Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

In Summary - Energy Engineer

Career Sectors

Energy Engineers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Sustainable Energy
Earth & Environment
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Engineering & Manufacturing

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Further Information

The Work - Energy Engineer

Fuel and energy engineers tackle the problem of providing us with safe and reliable sources of energy. Without energy, we would not have heating, lighting, or the power we need to run manufacturing industries and transport systems. Most energy is produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. However, atmospheric pollution from power stations, transport and industrial processes causes problems such as acid rain, global warming and the reduction of the ozone layer. For these reasons, many fuel and energy engineers are engaged in developing renewable energy technologies.  
 
Many fuel and energy engineers work in the production of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. Their aim is to use these existing fuels as efficiently as possible, therefore conserving reserves for as long as possible. They also research, test and develop techniques to minimise atmospheric pollution, for example, reducing emissions of oxides from sulphur and nitrogen in the coal-fired power generation industry. In the oil industry, fuel and energy engineers may develop lubricants and detergents to make sure combustion engines are clean and working efficiently.  
 
Other fuel and energy engineers are based in educational research departments, working on projects such as methods to improve diesel and gas turbine combustion, and investigations into the formation of pollution. Fuel and energy engineers also research, develop and test alternative sources of energy such as tidal, wind, solar and geothermal power. The field also includes specialists involved in energy conservation, environmental issues pertaining to power production and consumption and the many organisations involved in energy policy.  
 
In manufacturing, fuel and energy engineers design, research, test, commission and install energy equipment like furnaces, boilers, gas turbines and engines. In research work, technologists may use computer-aided design (CAD) to create 3-D models, and other computer systems to analyse fluid dynamics. Fuel and energy engineers may also be involved in car manufacture, helping to meet strict exhaust emission legislation and working on catalytic converters.  
 
Almost every area of industry uses a large amount of energy to power its production processes. Some fuel and energy engineers work directly for industrial employers while others are consultants, advising employers on energy usage an

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • 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.
  • Oversee design or construction aspects related to energy such as energy engineering, energy management, and sustainable design.
  • Conduct jobsite observations, field inspections, or sub-metering to collect data for energy conservation analyses.
  • Review architectural, mechanical, or electrical plans and specifications to evaluate energy efficiency or determine economic, service, or engineering feasibility.
  • Inspect or monitor energy systems, including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or daylighting systems to determine energy use or potential energy savings.
  • Evaluate construction design information such as detail and assembly drawings, design calculations, system layouts and sketches, or specifications.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Interests - Energy Engineer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Qualities

You must have the ability to solve problems using a combination of logic and creativity. Fuel and energy engineers need excellent knowledge of energy and fuel engineering principles, as well as a strong awareness of environmental issues. You must be willing to keep up-to-date with changes in technology, the latest information on environmental issues, and new UK and EU legislation governing emissions.  
 
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are needed to work in teams alongside other engineers, and to explain complex ideas clearly to people who do not have a technical background. Those fuel and energy engineers who work in manufacturing companies may need marketing and sales skills.  
 
You will need a good knowledge of computers, including computer-aided design (CAD) and strong mathematical skills.  
 
Fuel and energy engineers must have leadership skills to supervise teams of engineering technicians. The ability to motivate and encourage others will be an advantage.

Entry Requirements - Energy Engineer

Pay & Salary - Energy Engineer

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €23k - €43k

Data Source(s):
Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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