1. Overview of Career
Energy Engineering deals with energy efficiency, energy services, plant engineering, environmental compliance and alternative energy solutions. An energy engineer is concerned with obtaining and using energy is the most environmentally friendly ways. Their main job is to find out most efficient way to operate buildings and manufacturing processes. Energy Engineers may work out of labs, doing research and development (R&D) design and energy distribution, or have field jobs such as drilling and extraction, production and refining. Energy engineers deal with renewable energy like solar energy, wind energy etc and also with oil and natural gas. The main skills required for an Energy Engineer are Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. An energy engineer would have to keep up to date with inventions and discoveries and also understand the regulations requirements energy usage.
2. Role Models
a) Ratul Puri – He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ‘Hindustan Powerprojects’. Under his leadership the clean energy arm has emerged as the largest solar developer in India. He has done a bachelors degree in computer engineering, mathematics and computer science.
b) Tulsi Tanti – He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Suzlon. He is a renowned expert in alternate energy and believes in creating sustainable businesses and economies through energy independence and security.
3. Education track
1. Options after 10th
a. Diploma in Environment Engineering
- This is a 3 year course with focus on Engineering principles, Waste management, water management, pollution control, chemistry etc.
- A diploma graduate can opt to join a bachelor degree program as a lateral entry.
- Students can opt for a BE / B Tech in Environmental Engineering.
- BE/B Tech can be done in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or a related field.
- B Sc in Renewable Energy
- Having a master’s degree could be very useful in R&D jobs. There are not many R&D jobs in India; however there is a good scope outside India.
- Petroleum Engineering – This is a field of Engineering that deals with production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas.
- Environmental Engineering – It involves waste water management, air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, radiation protection, industry hygiene etc.
- Chemical Engineering – This field of Engineering deals with the proper use chemicals, material and energy.
- Renewable or Sustainable Energy Engineering – This field deals with renewable energy like solar, hydro, biomass or geothermal.
- Power Engineering – This is considered as a subdivision to energy engineering and deals with the dynamics of movement and transfer of energy to work in a system.
The entry level job for most energy engineers are as trainees or junior engineers. Getting an internship will be helpful in kick starting your career at a better level. Getting a membership in Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) will offer networking and certifications related to the field. Experience and certifications or master’s degree programs will be helpful in career advancements. In UK, it is required to get a chartered engineering status in order for a successful career in Energy Engineering.