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Renewable Energy Engineer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Renewable Energy Engineer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Renewable Energy Engineer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Chartered renewable energy engineers work in the natural energy field, including the sourcing and use of wind, solar and wave power. They hold senior positions, either heading a team of energy engineers or having a key post in the team. They have expertise in electrical, electronic, mechanical and civil engineering, and are involved in developing and maintaining power stations and the machinery used in alternative energy sourcing and production.

Chartered energy engineers construct equipment designed by engineering designers, and conduct testing and make modifications prior to installation and running. This involves extensive use of computer technology.

They can also be involved in operating and maintaining existing equipment, and may undertake research into their effectiveness. Some work for university or government research departments.

Hours and Environment

Working hours are flexible according to priorities and deadlines. Work at weekends or on a shift system may be necessary.

Work can take place indoors or outdoors. Indoor working is likely to be in a power station, laboratory or workshop where conditions may be hot or cramped and involve strict safety procedures. Protective clothing may be worn.

Skills and Interests

To be a chartered energy engineer you should:

  • be interested in science and technology
  • have an analytical mind and a logical approach to problem-solving
  • have relevant technical skills and the ability to work accurately and efficiently
  • be highly numerate and have strong IT skills
  • have managerial skills, both with people and projects
  • be an adept communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • have manual dexterity and normal colour vision.


A relevant BEng or MEng engineering degree is required. Relevant subjects include energy and environmental technology, energy engineering, environmental engineering, and building services engineering management. These take three and four years full-time to complete. The Energy Institute website lists accredited degree courses (see Further Information below). Entry requirements are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) including maths, English and a science, plus at least two A level/three H grades. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Senior and research posts often require a related postgraduate degree.

Those with relevant training and experience in the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy may also enter the profession.


Engineers with a recognised academic qualification, and not less than four years relevant professional training and experience may apply to become a Member of the Energy Institute. Members of the Institute may then apply to become a chartered engineer (CEng) of the Engineering Council.

Fellowship of the Institute is also available to Members of three years standing, whose professional responsibility has increased since joining.

The Engineering Council offers its own examination as an alternative route for engineers with non-accredited degrees. This examination meets the required standard to apply to become a chartered engineer of the Council.

Highly-qualified and experienced engineers can register with FEANI - the Federation Europenne dAssociations Nationales dIngnieures. This facilitates practice in engineering around the world.


Potential employers are energy production companies, government and university research establishments, and other industrial concerns. Promotion is based on ability and skills.

An increasing number of engineers work on a freelance basis or on short-term contracts.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Income for new graduate engineers is about £19,000 a year.
Experienced engineers with qualifications and professional association membership usually earn about £35,000.
Senior chartered energy engineers can earn more than £45,000.

Further information

Energy Institute
61 New Cavendish Street
Tel: 020 7467 7100

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Renewable Energy Engineer Work Information

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