Engineers turn ideas into reality.

Engineers are essential in the energy industry by helping improve systems and creating more efficient ways to generate, transmit, and use power from the power plant to your home.

Engineers turn ideas into reality.

Engineers are essential to the energy industry. They help improve systems and create more efficient ways to generate power, transmit it from power plants, and put it to use in our homes.


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

Energy Engineer Skills:

  • Identify energy-savings opportunities and make recommendations to achieve more energy efficient operation.
  • Manage the development, design, or construction of energy conservation projects to ensure acceptability of budgets and timelines, conformance to federal and state laws, or adherence to approved specifications.
  • Conduct energy audits to evaluate energy use, costs, or conservation measures.
  • Monitor and analyze energy consumption.
  • Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.
  • Oversee design or construction aspects related to energy, such as energy engineering, energy management, and sustainable design.
  • Conduct jobsite observations, field inspections, or sub-metering to collect data for energy conservation analyses.
  • Review architectural, mechanical, or electrical plans and specifications to evaluate energy efficiency or determine economic, service, or engineering feasibility.
  • Inspect or monitor energy systems including HVAC or daylighting systems to determine energy use or potential energy savings.
  • Evaluate construction design information such as detail and assembly drawings, design calculations, system layouts and sketches, or specifications.

Education/Experience Needed

An entry-level engineer needs a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent. To view a list of available degree programs in your area, use the NEEN Program Locator.


Median Annual Energy Engineer Salary: $97,300
From O*NET 11/2017