Renewable Energy Engineer

Develop new ways to produce clean energy easier and more effective.
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Salary Range
$50,000 – $139,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Renewable Energy Engineers do?

Engineers solve problems, and what bigger problems do nations have right now than their reliance on fossil fuels? As a Renewable Energy Engineer, you have the opportunity to reduce that consumption through the development of new, clean, renewable energy sources.

This area of science is still in its infancy, so it’s a great time to get started. With so many options, you might be challenged to choose the field that’s right for you. For example, a Renewable Energy Engineer might work with wind turbines, crunching wind direction and speed data into output potential.

Or maybe you’d rather find efficient ways to turn grains into gasoline. Solar power is also making strides as a reliable resource for heating homes, lighting businesses, and providing electricity to remote locations.

Regardless of the resource, your job as a Renewable Energy Engineer is to make the process of retrieving and using it easier and more effective. That means you spend your days gathering and analyzing data, such as energy output created from ethanol. You might work with a team of Civil Engineers, Process Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, or Electrical Engineers to design a yet undiscovered system for the future. Or, you might monitor energy production through an existing system, with a focus on improvement.

Whether you choose to evaluate ways to use geothermal heat (from the earth’s core) to burn as energy, or hope to improve the design of solar panels, a job as a Renewable Energy Engineer means that you’re doing something worthwhile for the environment and civilization at the same time.

Should I be a Renewable Energy Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Alternative Energy Engineer

    How to Become a
    Renewable Energy Engineer

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