Waste Energy Engineer

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Waste energy engineers are concerned with designing systems that convert waste into useable energy such as electricity, heating and transport fuels. This is known as energy from waste (EfW) or waste to energy engineering.

They are also known as process engineers or Energy for Waste (EfW) engineers.

The Work

Waste energy engineers usually work on a number of projects relating to one or more methods used to convert waste into energy. These include thermal and biological processes, which produce high pressure water or steam, gases and other by-products that can be used for energy.

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The figures below are only a guide. Salaries may vary, depending on:

Salaries for waste energy engineers tend to be in the range of £25,000 to £35,000 a year, rising to £55,000 or more with experience. EfW Managers can earn up to £80,000 a year, sometimes more. Many employers offer packages such as private health care, pension and company car and allowance.


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Getting In

Typical employers are private or government organisations whose clients include utility companies, waste management organisations and renewable energy developers. The majority of companies involved are mainly associated with the land forestry industry and use waste wood to produce plant matter (biomass) and energy.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Tel: 01604 620426
Twitter: @CIWM

Energy and Utility Skills
Tel: 0121 745 1310
Website (2):
Twitter: @EUSkills

Energy and Utility Skills is the Sector Skills Council for the electricity, gas, waste management and water sectors. Their website Talent Source Network provides information on careers in the energy and utilities sector.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org

Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel: 020 7766 0600
Twitter: @RAEngNews

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