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Energy Engineer (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Energy Engineer designs and develops technologies that produce and store energy, particularly energy from sustainable sources such as wind and solar power. Develops ways for existing buildings and systems to become more energy efficient. May specialize in one type or field of energy production.

Job Outlook

There were 64 Energy Engineer (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2986 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Energy Engineer industry, which includes the Energy Engineer (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Energy Engineer (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $113,167.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $106,363.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Energy Engineer (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $88,702.

Education and Experience

Posted Energy Engineer (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2.51%
Bachelor's Degree69.46%
Master's Degree29.24%
Doctoral Degree13.9%
Other4.62%

Posted Energy Engineer (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years20.86%
3 to 5 years48.13%
6 to 8 years12.63%
9+ years18.38%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Energy Engineer (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (44.54%)
  • Operations (33.99%)
  • Management (30.61%)
  • Research (25.99%)
  • Presentations (23.84%)
  • Writing (23.71%)
  • Leadership (20.73%)
  • Planning (20.4%)
  • Microsoft Office (18.79%)
  • Microsoft Excel (18.49%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Carbon Footprint Reduction (12.79%)
  • Energy Modeling (18.87%)
  • Energy Conservation Measures (8.82%)
  • Energy Audits (21.18%)
  • Building Performance Modeling And Simulations (6.83%)
  • Energy Consumption (20.85%)
  • Electrical Engineering (21.68%)
  • HVAC (33.25%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (23.56%)
  • Project Management (34.88%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Energy Management (19.99%)
  • Project Engineering (8.13%)
  • Business Case (8.53%)
  • Auditing (16.88%)
  • Calculations (5.06%)
  • Control Systems (11.78%)
  • Boilers (10.7%)
  • Business Development (9.94%)
  • Building Automation (14.31%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (12.79%)
  • Benchmarking (7.48%)
  • Construction (19.44%)
  • Distributed Generation (7.52%)
  • Data Collection (9.18%)
  • Energy Conservation (19.99%)
  • Economics (9.97%)
  • Renewable Energy (10.41%)
  • Feasibility Studies (5.85%)
  • Data Analysis (14.2%)
  • Mechanical Systems (5.28%)
  • Chemical Engineering (6.76%)
  • Green Building (4.81%)
  • Procurement (12.03%)
  • Systems Design (4.48%)
  • MATLAB (8.02%)
  • Facility Management (3.76%)
  • Ventilation (8.85%)
  • Electric Power Systems (8.89%)
  • Net Zero (5.57%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Carbon Management (2.53%)
  • Carbon Offsets (1.95%)
  • Carbon Markets (4.01%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Carbon Management (4.78%)
  • Carbon Footprint Reduction (24.2%)
  • Energy Modeling (35.68%)
  • Building Performance Modeling And Simulations (12.92%)
  • Energy Conservation Measures (16.68%)
  • Energy Consumption (39.44%)
  • Energy Audits (40.05%)
  • Carbon Markets (7.59%)
  • Carbon Offsets (3.69%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Energy Engineer (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Energy Engineer
  • Carbon Analyst
  • Energy Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Optimization Engineer
  • Energy Systems Engineer
  • Manager of Wind Energy
  • Energy Engineering Manager
  • Operating Engineer
  • Carbon Specialist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Energy Engineer (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (147)
  • Trane Technologies (86)
  • JLL (68)
  • Franklin Energy (66)
  • Franklin Energy Services (66)
  • Siemens (65)
  • General Motors (63)
  • Chemours (45)
  • ICF International (35)
  • Worley (35)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (7)
  • Trane Technologies (6)
  • Feditc (4)
  • Sargent & Lundy (3)
  • Siemens Energy (2)
  • John Deere (2)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2)
  • American Ndustrial (2)
  • Duke University (2)
  • Franklin Energy (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!