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Green Occupation:
17-2199.03 - Energy Engineers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Energy engineers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Energy Efficiency — This sector covers activities related to increasing energy efficiency (broadly defined), making energy demand response more effective, constructing "smart grids," and other energy efficient activities.
  • Green Construction — This sector covers activities related to constructing new green buildings, retrofitting residential and commercial buildings, and installing other green construction technology.
  • Research, Design, and Consulting Services — This sector encompasses "indirect jobs" to the green economy which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

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