What does an Energy Engineer do?

Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.

Jobs Roles

  • Conduct jobsite observations, field inspections, or sub-metering to collect data for energy conservation analyses.
  • Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.
  • Consult with construction or renovation clients or other engineers on topics such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Green Buildings.
  • Inspect or monitor energy systems, including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or daylighting systems to determine energy use or potential energy savings.
  • 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.
  • Oversee design or construction aspects related to energy such as energy engineering, energy management, and sustainable design.
  • Direct the work of contractors or staff in the implementation of energy management projects.
  • Evaluate construction design information such as detail and assembly drawings, design calculations, system layouts and sketches, or specifications.
  • Identify energy savings opportunities and make recommendations to achieve more energy efficient operation.
  • Monitor and analyze energy consumption.
  • Promote awareness or use of alternative or renewable energy sources.
  • Review architectural, mechanical, or electrical plans and specifications to evaluate energy efficiency or determine economic, service, or engineering feasibility.
  • Analyze, interpret, or create graphical representations of energy data, using engineering software.
  • Conduct energy audits to evaluate energy use, costs, or conservation measures.
  • Conduct research or collect data on renewable or alternative energy systems or technologies such as solar thermal and photovoltaic energy.
  • Make recommendations regarding energy fuel selection.
  • Prepare project reports and other program or technical documentation.
  • Provide consultation to clients or other engineers on topics such as climate control systems, energy modeling, data logging, energy management control systems, lighting or daylighting design, sustainable design, and energy auditing.
  • Review or negotiate energy purchase agreements.
  • Train personnel or clients on topics such as energy management.
  • Write or install energy management routines for building automation systems.
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