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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:

  • Advise clients or colleagues on topics such as climate control systems, energy modeling, data logging, sustainable design, or energy auditing.
  • Analyze, interpret, or create graphical representations of energy data, using engineering software.
  • Collect data for energy conservation analyses, using jobsite observation, field inspections, or sub-metering.
  • Conduct energy audits to evaluate energy use and to identify conservation and cost reduction measures.
  • 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 implementation of energy management projects.
  • Identify and recommend energy savings strategies 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitor energy related design or construction issues, such as energy engineering, energy management, or sustainable design.
  • Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.
  • Prepare energy-related project reports or related documentation.
  • Promote awareness or use of alternative or renewable energy sources.
  • Recommend best fuel for specific sites or circumstances.
  • Research renewable or alternative energy systems or technologies, such as solar thermal or photovoltaic energy.
  • Review architectural, mechanical, or electrical plans or specifications to evaluate energy efficiency.
  • Review or negotiate energy purchase agreements.
  • Train personnel or clients on topics such as energy management.
  • Verify energy bills and meter readings.
  • Write or install energy management routines for building automation systems.