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Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Leak testing equipment
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  • Heat tracing equipment
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  • Handheld thermometer
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  • Air velocity and temperature monitors
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  • Catalytic combustion analyzers
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Presentation software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Perform energy modeling, measurement, verification, commissioning, or retro-commissioning.
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  • Consult with construction or renovation clients or other engineers on topics such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or Green Buildings.
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  • Inspect or monitor energy systems, including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or daylighting systems to determine energy use or potential energy savings.
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  • 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.
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  • Monitor and analyze energy consumption.
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  • Promote awareness or use of alternative or renewable energy sources.
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  • Analyze, interpret, or create graphical representations of energy data, using engineering software.
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  • Review or negotiate energy purchase agreements.
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  • Train personnel or clients on topics such as energy management.
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  • Write or install energy management routines for building automation systems.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $104,423.00 $50.21  $35.32  $40.50 - $59.38 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $122,053.00 $58.68  $35.25  $42.35 - $67.65 
    Danbury $85,082.00 $40.90  $27.67  $33.23 - $49.09 
    Hartford $99,188.00 $47.69  $34.31  $37.76 - $57.62 
    New Haven $99,016.00 $47.60  $35.39  $40.97 - $57.30 
    New London/Norwich $109,567.00 $52.68  $40.20  $45.52 - $60.51 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   48
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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