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Waste Energy Engineer

Interior of an Energy from Waste processing plant

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.

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

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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

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
3382
0.9 %
RISE
2029
3413
  United Kingdom
2024
39367
2.7 %
RISE
2029
40442

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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.

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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: 0121 745 1310
Website: http://www.euskills.co.uk/
Website (2): https://www.energyutilitiesjobs.co.uk/
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.

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

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