Renewable Urban Energy Systems: Career prospects for graduates

Our energy system is facing a major transition. The EU intends to increase the share of energy from renewable sources from the current level of about 10% to 20% by 2020. The European Renewable Energy Council estimates that this will require investments in the amount of €450 billion. This dynamic market development is leading to equally dynamic growth in the energy services sector. Graduates of the Renewable Urban Energy Systems degree program therefore have excellent career prospects.

What industries and sectors employ graduates?

  • Energy production
  • Energy trade
  • Energy distribution
  • Energy management
  • Construction/technical building systems
  • HVAC technology
  • Specialized electrical and heating installation (new applications)
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Energy agencies
  • Interest groups
  • Environmental engineering
  • Urban planning – urban energy concepts

What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Scientific/technical employee
  • Project engineer
  • Big preparer
  • Job handler
  • Measurement and control engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Energy system analyst
  • Developer of energy concepts
  • Scientific administrative employee in government service
  • Research director
  • Independent energy contractor
  • Energy consultant
  • Engineering consultant
  • Civil engineer
  • Consultant for companies relevant to energy

What are some of their typical tasks and activities?

  • Developing energy concepts for urban planning relevant to energy
  • Working as a consultant or product and quality manager at energy agencies, residential property developers, interest groups
  • Creating control concepts for production and distribution plants and grids, creating concepts for automation hierarchies for production and distribution plants
  • Developing information technology requirements for supply-side and demand-side management
  • Developing concepts, preparing socioeconomic studies and environmental footprints, conducting environmental impact assessments
  • Estimating technical consequences, environmental assessment procedures, CO2 footprints
  • Creating municipal environment management systems
  • Preparing statistics, energy footprints, and energy flow diagrams, and energy forecasts, and analyzing energy markets
  • Evaluating energy sources in urban areas
  • Creating concepts to connect central and decentralized energy conversion plants and saving to the grid
  • Creating concepts for sustainable use of energy conversion plants
  • Selecting suitable simulation programs to calculate and optimize energy systems
  • Simulating the behavior of networked energy systems
  • Creating and/or analyzing energy forecasts and strategies
  • Planning the use of different energy sources in the context of supply and demand side management, assessing the impact of energy-efficient devices on a supply structure, taking user behavior into account
  • Creating energy concepts for cities and districts
  • Creating concepts for self-sufficient energy supply for cities and districts
  • Creating concepts for energy-efficient building renovations