Energy Engineers design, develop, and evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs of new and existing buildings.
Energy Engineers design, develop, and audit energy-related projects to find efficient and innovative ways to supply energy. They perform site inspections and energy surveys, assess options for cost reductions, and research renewable energy technologies as a way to cut carbon emissions and minimize environmental impact. Energy Engineers may specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement. They identify and recommend energy savings strategies to achieve more energy-efficient operations.
Energy Engineers often design systems that fit into a larger process. They propose designs that will interact with components of a larger system to make it more energy efficient and then they observe how everything works together, including the equipment, machinery, and workers.
Energy Engineers conduct field assessments and audits, visiting sites and analyzing facilities and energy systems to offer improvement suggestions. They work with construction managers and analyze energy data to determine if a building or a project meets the correct standards.
Energy Engineers work with a project team to negotiate service agreements and manage the associated costs and revenues related to a project. Energy Engineers oversee the design, construction, and development of energy management projects, working to federal guidelines. They develop and manage budgets and ensure work remains on schedule. Energy Engineers must have a general understanding of the current energy market as well as knowledge of relevant legislation for energy efficiency, carbon emissions, and other legal standards.