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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 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.

You could be:

Pay

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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
4855
1.7 %
RISE
2023
4938
  United Kingdom
2018
44459
2 %
RISE
2023
45363

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

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

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
Tel: 01604 620426
E-mail: training@ciwm.co.uk
Website: http://www.ciwm.co.uk
Twitter: @CIWM

Energy and Utility Skills
Tel: 0845 077 9922
Website: http://www.euskills.co.uk/
Twitter: @EUSkills

Energy and Utility Skills is the Sector Skills Council for the electricity, gas, waste management and water sectors. Their website has a section aimed at 14 to 19 year olds on careers in these sectors.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
Tel: 01522 540069
E-mail: training@iema.net
Website: http://www.iema.net
Twitter: @iemanet
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visitIEMA/

Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel: 020 7766 0600
Website: http://www.raeng.org.uk
Twitter: @RAEngNews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RAEngineering/

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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