Urban Renewable Energy Technologies: career prospects for graduates

What industries and sectors employ graduates?

Machine building and electrical engineering

Commercial and industrial enterprises for the design, construction, commissioning, and maintenance of plants that utilize renewable energies

Energy and water supply

Private and/or municipal companies involved in power generation, power transmission, power distribution, and trade in electricity; companies that generate, distribute, and trade in district heating; as well as companies that provide district cooling networks

Construction

Business enterprises involved in the construction of apartments, housing, offices, industrial developments, and power plants; large-scale installation companies; ventilation contractors; and providers of all-round services for technical building systems

Commerce

Wholesalers for the supply of plant components

Provision of business-specific services

Test laboratories; planning firms involved in construction engineering, building physics, building services, and electrical engineering; architectural firms which require technical drawings and building physics plans; general planners; quality assurance; and construction site supervision

Public administration

Chief officers of local government, magistrates, positions in provincial governments, ministries

What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Administrative assistant, technical-scientific specialist
  • Advisor in the role of project engineer, designer
  • Lab technician, measurement and control engineer
  • Process engineer, commissioning engineer, service technician
  • Energy consultant
  • Team leader
  • Project manager
  • Assistant to works manager
  • Departmental assistant
  • Production manager
  • Executive assistant

What are some of their typical tasks and activities?

  • Selecting components for renewable energy plants (solar collectors, photovoltaic arrays, solar cooling, etc.)
  • Designing plants with an emphasis on renewable energies; integration into existing hot water, heating, or cooling systems
  • Laying out entire plants for hot water, heating, and cooling
  • Creating concepts for an energy-efficient and sustainable urban energy supply
  • Integrating components for heat insulation, energy-efficient building services technologies, solar energy, etc. in pre-defined architectural design structures
  • Analyzing existing buildings from an energy point of view and creating energy performance certificates in accordance with EU building guidelines
  • Analyzing, simulating, and setting up energy distribution systems while taking into account decentralized generating facilities
  • Comparing and checking the utilization of renewable energy technologies vis-à-vis conventional technologies from financial and environmental perspectives
  • Advising in energy matters and implementing demand side management in energy systems
  • Managing projects in order to realize urban construction projects
  • Performing amortization calculations
  • Implementing and maintaining quality management systems
  • Designing, commissioning, operating, and maintaining combined heat and power plants while taking into account technical and financial criteria
  • Compiling studies to assess conventional and/or renewable energy conversion plants from a technical and financial perspective
  • Selecting the components for distribution stations for power, heating/cooling, and gas networks
  • Integrating renewable energy sources into conventional networks
  • Designing energy networks for the sustainable utilization of different energy sources
  • Creating concepts for the rough planning of fuel-cell, hydro, wind, and geothermal plants from an energy perspective