Renewable energy is now the UK's second largest source of electricity, generating more than a quarter of our needs. Working in renewables offers the chance to be part of a diverse, growing industry with access to exciting career pathways in the areas of wind, wave, tidal, solar and geo-thermal/heat pumps.
There is currently a skills shortage for all types of engineers and technicians but employers are also keen to recruit those with good commercial and analytical skills. Many roles offer the opportunity to travel and work in unusual places. Starting salaries vary from £19,000 to £28,000 depending on the job type, company and location.
If you have good maths, science and practical skills, and can read engineering drawings, this role could be for you. Typical tasks include making new engine components, installing and testing machinery, carrying out preventative maintenance, and using CAD to draw up plans for new ideas. Starting salaries range from £18,000 to £23,000.
This role would suit those with good practical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to follow technical manuals. You would be expected to install and maintain mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems and equipment. Day-to-day tasks might range from installing pipework, valves, pumps and motors to responding to emergency breakdowns. Starting salaries range from £16,000 to £21,000.
This role demands good maths, science and practical skills, good problem-solving ability, adaptability and knowledge of engineering. Day-to-day tasks will involve preventative maintenance (allocating work, checking and calibrating instruments, fitting parts) and emergency maintenance (responding immediately to equipment breakdowns). Starting salaries range from £18,000 to £22,000.
For this role, you will need good physics, maths and practical skills, be able to read technical drawings and technical manuals, and be able to act quickly in an emergency. Your day-to-day tasks might include operating machinery, finding and fixing faults, handling materials, testing equipment and reacting to emergencies. Starting salaries range from £18,000 to £25,000.
If you have excellent communication and scientific skills, good commercial awareness and the ability to use your initiative, this career could be for you. Most environmental consultants work for consultancy firms, with some specialising in one field. Typical tasks might range from exploring the suitability of development sites to responding to environmental accidents. Starting salaries average £22,000.
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