Energy Engineer

Energy engineers design, develop, and evaluate energy-related projects and programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. Energy engineers may specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.


Energy Engineer skills:

  • 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 timelines, 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 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.

Education/Experience Needed:

An entry-level engineer needs a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent. To view a list of available degree programs in your area, use the Get Into Energy Training Program Locator.

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Average Annual Electrical Engineer Salary: $97,300

From O*NET. Will vary depending on geographic location.