Energy Engineers provide technical expertise, energy advice, recommendations and coordination services for companies seeking energy efficiency programs that include: lighting, controls, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for energy efficiency and comfort.
The primary responsibilities of Energy Engineers can vary depending on the specific project, their own professional background and expertise, and the sector in which they are employed. In the HVAC/R industry, most Energy Engineers have a Mechanical Engineering degree and work with business and building owners, developers, architects, other engineers and contractors to provide energy efficiency design and construction advice and assist in participating in energy efficiency or energy conservation programs. Using technical data on the demand and consumption of energy by building systems such as lighting, HVAC, hot water systems, envelope, and integrated design, Energy Engineers look to build a business case for energy efficiency measures. They prioritize recommendations and provide information on how different measures will affect savings. They often participate in QA/QC and internal audit activities, and analyze building utility bills to determine energy usage trends on existing buildings. They conduct in-field energy assessments, energy audits, and retro-commissioning studies, and then implement energy efficiency upgrades in commercial buildings. Energy Engineers must keep current on the latest energy-saving technology to ensure they are providing the best solutions to customers’ needs.