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Engineer - Energy

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Design of energy efficiency installations. Identifying energy usage and efficiency improvements. Advising customers on ways to save energy.

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Occupational Category

Electrical & Electronic Engineers

Also included in this category:

Electrical engineers; electrical surveyors; power engineers; electronics engineers; telecommunications engineers

Number Employed:

3,000

Part time workers: 3%
Aged over 55: 6%
Male / Female: 93 / 7%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 90%
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At a Glance... header image

Works on ways of producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources such as wind power, solar power or biofuels, or on more traditional sources such as oil and gas.


Videos & Interviews header image

1Total Records: 2

Donal Og Cusack
Automation/Energy Engineer  
Donal Óg Cusack is an Automation/Energy Engineer for Johnson & Johnson Ireland. He is team leader within the company who brings his team player skills from his sporting days to his current role. At present he is studying a masters degree in Automation Engineering at UCC.
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Des Lalor
Wind Engineer  
Des Lalor is a Wind Engineer for ESB. He is responsible for providing technical expertise in all aspects of wind monitoring, wind farm design and energy yield assessments.  Des holds a Bachelor degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, a Masters degree in Wind Energy and is also a chartered engineer.
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The Work header image

Fuel and energy engineers tackle the problem of providing us with safe and reliable sources of energy. Without energy, we would not have heating, lighting, or the power we need to run manufacturing industries and transport systems. Most energy is produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. However, atmospheric pollution from power stations, transport and industrial processes causes problems such as acid rain, global warming and the reduction of the ozone layer. For these reasons, many fuel and energy engineers are engaged in developing renewable energy technologies.  
 
Many fuel and energy engineers work in the production of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. Their aim is to use these existing fuels as efficiently as possible, therefore conserving reserves for as long as possible. They also research, test and develop techniques to minimise atmospheric pollution, for example, reducing emissions of oxides from sulphur and nitrogen in the coal-fired power generation industry. In the oil industry, fuel and energy engineers may develop lubricants and detergents to make sure combustion engines are clean and working efficiently.  
 
Other fuel and energy engineers are based in educational research departments, working on projects such as methods to improve diesel and gas turbine combustion, and investigations into the formation of pollution. Fuel and energy engineers also research, develop and test alternative sources of energy such as tidal, wind, solar and geothermal power. The field also includes specialists involved in energy conservation, environmental issues pertaining to power production and consumption and the many organisations involved in energy policy.  
 
In manufacturing, fuel and energy engineers design, research, test, commission and install energy equipment like furnaces, boilers, gas turbines and engines. In research work, technologists may use computer-aided design (CAD) to create 3-D models, and other computer systems to analyse fluid dynamics. Fuel and energy engineers may also be involved in car manufacture, helping to meet strict exhaust emission legislation and working on catalytic converters.  
 
Almost every area of industry uses a large amount of energy to power its production processes. Some fuel and energy engineers work directly for industrial employers while others are consultants, advising employers on energy usage an

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Identify energy savings opportunities and make recommendations to achieve more energy efficient operation.

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Manage the development, design, or construction of energy conservation projects to ensure acceptability of budgets and time lines, conformance to federal and state laws, or adherence to approved specifications.

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Conduct energy audits to evaluate energy use, costs, or conservation measures.

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Monitor and analyze energy consumption.

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Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.

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Oversee design or construction aspects related to energy such as energy engineering, energy management, and sustainable design.

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Conduct jobsite observations, field inspections, or sub-metering to collect data for energy conservation analyses.

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Review architectural, mechanical, or electrical plans and specifications to evaluate energy efficiency or determine economic, service, or engineering feasibility.

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Inspect or monitor energy systems, including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or daylighting systems to determine energy use or potential energy savings.

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Evaluate construction design information such as detail and assembly drawings, design calculations, system layouts and sketches, or specifications.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported Knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Physics:  Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have the ability to solve problems using a combination of logic and creativity. Fuel and energy engineers need excellent knowledge of energy and fuel engineering principles, as well as a strong awareness of environmental issues. You must be willing to keep up-to-date with changes in technology, the latest information on environmental issues, and new UK and EU legislation governing emissions.  
 
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are needed to work in teams alongside other engineers, and to explain complex ideas clearly to people who do not have a technical background. Those fuel and energy engineers who work in manufacturing companies may need marketing and sales skills.  
 
You will need a good knowledge of computers, including computer-aided design (CAD) and strong mathematical skills.  
 
Fuel and energy engineers must have leadership skills to supervise teams of engineering technicians. The ability to motivate and encourage others will be an advantage.


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Go..   Energy Engineer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..   Energy Engineer - from:  YouTube Video
Go..   Energy engineer - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Operations Development Officer - from:  icould [UK] Video

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Organisation: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
  Address: Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 808 2002
  Email: info:seai.ie
  Url www.seai.ie
   

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Organisation: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
  Address: Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 808 2002
  Email: info:seai.ie
  Url www.seai.ie
   

 

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This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...

Investigative  Realist  Naturalist 

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Earth Science & Environment
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