Energy engineers work on the research, design and construction of power generation plants, and may be involved in drilling for gas and oil.
There will be
3% more Energy engineer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You may work on gas and oil extraction and producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources, like:
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
You’ll usually need a degree in engineering or a related science subject, like:
You may need to have, or be working towards, a postgraduate qualification. This should be related to the area you wish to work in, like an MSc in renewable energy engineering.
The Energy Institute's Energy Careers has details of approved degrees and postgraduate courses.
The Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy has details of sponsorship to research offshore technologies for wind, wave and tidal-current technologies.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Starter salary: £20,000 to £30,000
Experienced salary: £35,000 to £60,000
These figures are a guide.
You’ll work 40 hours per week in office-based design or research jobs. If you work on a site like an offshore wind farm or drilling platform, you may work on a shift basis, including nights and weekends.
If you work onshore, it’s usually in offices and laboratories with visits out to sites. Some jobs may involve international travel and long stays away from home.
With experience, you could move into planning, policy development, or freelance consultancy.
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