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Distributed Energy Engineer

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Chemical, Biomedical, and Related Engineering

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Distributed Energy Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $39,221

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $72,251

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Provides engineering for distributed energy systems which aggregate energy from smaller, decentralized power sources.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina1+13%
Nationwide46+6.4%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Distributed Energy Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Leadership: Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to lead or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations.
  • Multi-Tasking: In computing, multitasking is a concept of performing multiple tasks (also known as processes) over a certain period of time by executing them concurrently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Data Collection: Data collection is the process of gathering and measuring information on targeted variables in an established systematic fashion, which then enables one to answer relevant questions and evaluate outcomes.
  • Laser Rangefinders: Working experience of Laser Rangefinders. A laser rangefinder is a rangefinder which uses a laser beam to determine the distance to an object. The most common form of laser rangefinder operates on the time of flight principle by sending a laser pulse in a narrow beam towards the object and measuring the time taken by the pulse to be reflected off the target and returned to the sender.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS): The Global Positioning System (GPS), originally Navstar GPS, is a space-based radionavigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Air Force.
  • Customer Contact: Experience working with business processes and technologies that are designed to engage customers and facilitate communication by a variety of channels.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Distributed Energy Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Compliance - NERC: Working experience ofCompliance - NERC, which refers compliance with sets of standards created by NERC (the North American Electric Reliability Corporation).
  • Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.
  • Power Distribution Design: Working experience of Power Distribution Design. Power distribution design is extended from the electrical service entrance point to individual distribution panel boards, motor control centers, and other auxiliary systems

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Compliance - NERC: Working experience ofCompliance - NERC, which refers compliance with sets of standards created by NERC (the North American Electric Reliability Corporation).
  • Inverters: A power inverter, or inverter, is an electronic device or circuitry that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).
  • Power Supplies: A power supply is an electronic device that supplies electric energy to an electrical load.
  • Energy Engineering: Energy engineering or energy systems engineering is a broad field of engineering dealing with energy efficiency, energy services, facility management, plant engineering, environmental compliance and alternative energy technologies.
  • Biomass: Biomass is an industry term for getting energy by burning wood, and other organic matter.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years24%
3 to 5 years41%
6 to 8 years12%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Distribution Field Technician II
  • Engineer III - Distributed Energy Resource Planner
  • Distributed Energy Resource Engineer
  • Distributed Energy Resources Engineer Entry, Staff Or Senior
  • Distributed Energy Resource Der Engineer

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