Alternative Energy Engineer

Average Salary
Job Forecast
Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Alternative Energy Engineer

As an Alternative Energy Engineer, your day would consist of various tasks: research alternative energy sources, consult on green engineering projects and help to protect the environment. 

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Design machines that are powered by renewable energy.
  • Investigate and test different sources of alternative energy.
  • Develop environmental protection strategies.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are a number of options available for people who are interested in becoming Alternative Energy Engineers.

Useful subjects:

  • Engineering  
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical science  
  • Chemistry
  • Maths  

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to get the correct information.


You could do a science-related apprenticeship, go to university or gain experience in work.

Alternative Energy Engineers have a background in engineering, so undertaking a related apprenticeship is useful. Build up your knowledge with a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering at SCQF level 6.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland.

Studying for a bachelor’s degree in science is a good way to improve your chances of becoming an Alternative Energy Engineer.

You may also choose to study for a Masters or PH.D in chemical science or engineering.