On the Job
Energy Engineers design programs or systems that make buildings or businesses more energy efficient. They may work on the design, building, or remodeling phases of construction. They may specialize in one or more systems, such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, air quality, or others.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Operate computer systems.
- Analyze energy usage data.
- Research design or application of green technologies.
- Research energy production, use, or conservation.
- Create models of engineering designs or methods.
- Inspect equipment or systems.
- Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
- Prepare technical or operational reports.
- Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
- Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
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