With increasing demand for suitably trained staff, opportunities are available in technical, trade and professional areas.
Most jobs within this sector will require a specialist degree in the area or a primary degree in a STEM-related area with a post graduate qualification.
Sustainable energy policy encompasses environmentally and economically sustainable production, supply and use of energy, across all sectors of the economy including public bodies, the business sector, local communities and individual consumers.
Most people entering the sustainable energy sector are qualified up to 3rd level and come either from directly related couses or from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based backgrounds.
Liam McCaul is an R&D Engineer. His daily job activities include carrying out research to develop new ways to make products more energy efficient, more aesthetically pleasing and easier to use. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and Product Development.
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The physics and maths for me made life a lot easier in college, which had a knock on effect for my job path. To be able to take a plan from nothing, think it out, build it and run it, is a great feeling. To be able to look at it from all angles, i.e. can I break this if it’s working? What would happen if I change this part, etc.
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Do your best to find out the most you can about your specific engineering category, whether it be Electronics, Mechanical, Civil etc. Approach companies to try and get experience whilst you are at college, that way you have a running start on how to use the most up to date packages and instruments that companies have, and that then gets you the work experience when you finish college.
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