Energy Engineer



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Other names for Energy Engineer:

  • Bio-energy Engineer 
  • Energy Services Enginee 
  • Hydro Energy Engineer 
  • Nuclear Energy Engineer 
  • Renewable Energy Engineer 
  • Solar Energy Engineer 
  • Wind Energy Engineer


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What is an  Energy Engineer?

Energy Engineers design, plan and perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and the removal of environmental health hazards using various engineering disciplines. They apply their engineering knowledge and skills to such things as environmental impact assessment, natural resources management and pollution control.  

Work may include waste treatment, site clearing, or pollution-control technology.

Environmental Engineering is concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues.

Environmental Engineers use the principles of Biology and Chemistry to provide practical solutions to problems related to the environment.

Environmental Engineers provide practical solutions to some of these problems, most significantly in the planning, design, repair and construction of public infrastructure systems such as water and sewage treatment plants, landfills, storm water and river control works.

Environmental Engineers may specialize in particular industry sectors such as the minerals industry, the chemical industry and civil engineering projects. They frequently work closely with other professionals, at times pooling expertise on particular projects. They may work in offices and/or outdoors when involved in construction projects

What does an Energy Engineer do?

  • makes recommendations regarding energy and fuel selections
  • prepares reports and technical documentation
  • conducts field inspections
  • monitors energy consumption
  • conducts audits to evaluates energy use, costs or conservation measures
  • manages the development, design, or construction of energy conservation projects
  • oversees constructions
  • evaluates construction design information such as detail and assembly drawings, design calculations, system layouts and sketches, or specifications.
  • identifies energy savings opportunities and makes recommendations to achieve more energy efficient operation.
  • reviews architectural, mechanical, or electrical plans and specifications to evaluate energy efficiency

Are you . . . ?

  • computer literate?
  • good at communicating?
  • good at problem solving and making decisions?
  • good at analysing data?
  • a creative thinker?
  • organised?
  • knowledgeable about building and construction?
  • good at mathematics and science?
  • good at systems evaluation?

How do I become an Energy Engineer?


Bachelor degree or Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineer

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Witwatersrand


Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

  • 3 years of workplace experience (after registering as a Candidate Engineer with ECSA)
  • Professional Review (after review, you can register as a Professional Engineer)
  • Designation: Professional Engineer.
  • NOTE: Only engineers registered with ECSA may use the designation Professional Engineer.


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