Renewable Energy Engineer Career

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Renewable Energy Engineer

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Chemical, Biomedical, and Related Engineering

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Renewable Energy Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $97,572

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $91,688

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops engineering and systems for energy produced from renewable sources such as solar energy, wind energy and hydropower.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina11+13%
Nationwide388+6.4%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Renewable Energy Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Computer Literacy: The ability to use computers and related technology efficiently for work tasks.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: A photovoltaic system, also PV system or solar power system, is a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics.
  • Site Assessments: Working experience of Site Assessments, which is determining the presence and concentration of hazardous contaminants on a piece of land.
  • Legal Compliance: Working experience developing and implementing strategies to conform to rules, specifications, policies, standards or laws.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Renewable Energy Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Energy Analysis: Energy analysis informs EERE decision-making by delivering analytical products in four main areas: Data Resources, Market Intelligence, Energy Systems Analysis, and Portfolio Impacts Analysis.
  • PVsyst: PVsyst is a PC software package for the study, sizing, simulation and data analysis of complete PV systems.
  • Clean Energy: Clean energy is energy, as electricity or nuclear power, that does not pollute the atmosphere when used, as opposed to coal and oil, that do.
  • Energy Conservation Measures: Working experience of Energy Conservation Measures. An Energy conservation measure (ECM) is any type of project conducted, or technology implemented, to reduce the consumption of energy in a building.
  • Energy Project Management: Working experience of Energy Project Management, which is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria with specific regard to the energy sector.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Waste-to-energy: Waste-to-energy or energy-from-waste is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste.
  • Alternative Energy: Alternative energy is any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuel.
  • Hydropower: Hydropower or water power is power derived from the energy of falling water or fast running water, which may be harnessed for useful purposes.
  • Climate Change: Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years).
  • Weatherization: Weatherization (American English) or weatherproofing (British English) is the practice of protecting a building and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and of modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree20%
Master's Degree80%
Doctoral Degree0%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years27%
3 to 5 years41%
6 to 8 years7%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Energy Engineer
  • Wind Energy Project Manager
  • Energy Project Manager
  • Senior Energy Engineer

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