Renewable Energy Careers Overview
Your renewable energy education will give you expertise in clean energy and energy efficiency ideal for Engineering Technology careers that are evolving to be more focused on the environment. The Council of Economic Advisers cited data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing projected growth in environmentally-related occupations to be 38% more than all other occupations combined by 2016 .* A specialization in Renewable Energy prepares you for a range of technical, analytical and problem solving skills and can involve work in industries such as information technology, engineering, manufacturing, construction and more.
* Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers, Jobs of the Future, July 2009, available at www.whitehouse.gov
When you earn your bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a specialization in Renewable Energy, you'll be prepared to apply your skills to geothermal, hydropower, solar power, wind and biomass renewable energy as an electronics technician, engineering specialist or technical project manager. In renewable energy careers, you will need to work with advanced electronics, understand, design and calibrate complex machines and read technical plans and blueprints. Your professional responsibilities could include:
- Analyzing analogue and digital signal data, working with computers and other advanced electronics
- Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning or testing machines, devices and equipment related to renewable energy
- Applying engineering principles and techniques, as well as understanding precision technical plans and blueprints
DeVry University graduates in Electronics Engineering Technology with a specialization in Renewable Energy will be prepared for sustainable careers as:
- Electronics Technicians, who design, develop and test electronic and electrical equipment. They may work in product evaluation testing, adjusting or making repairs and improvements, activities that could even include using recyclable materials, developing longer-lasting components or implementing sustainable processes.
- Engineering Specialists, who use specialized knowledge of green manufacturing techniques, sustainable systems and the environmental effects of certain materials to aid them in their work in industries like medical equipment manufacturing, geographical surveying, wastewater management and many others.
- Test Engineers and Technologists, who test the performance of electronic components and determine why modifications and preventative maintenance should be performed, as well as calibrate equipment for optimal performance.
- Energy Engineering Technicians, who design, develop and evaluate energy-related projects and programs to reduce energy costs, as well as improve energy efficiency during the designing, building or remodeling stages of construction, for both commercial and residential developments.
- Technical Project Managers, who coordinate and supervise power engineering projects related to renewable energy management, as well as keep track of the needs of clients.
For related career paths, see all degree programs offered by the College of Engineering & Information Sciences.
Renewable energy careers are found in a number of diverse environments, including:
- Construction and Development