Mining, Energy & Utilities
Energy auditors use a systemised approach to measure, record, and evaluate the flow of energy, to determine efficient energy use.
What does an Energy Auditor do?
Energy auditors use a systemised approach to measure, record, and evaluate the flow of energy, to determine efficient energy use and to pinpoint energy wastage. Energy auditors might also be known as environmental auditors or greenhouse auditors.
As an energy auditor, you would:
- inspect homes and building structures, heating systems, ventilation, air conditioning, water, and industrial processes
- determine if energy is being used efficiently and pinpoint where it is being wasted
- analyse the results of audits to determine where energy efficiency can be improved
- produce reports and present audit findings to clients
- use testing equipment to identify the potential for energy conservation
- educate users on energy use habits and the potential for consumption and cost reduction
- prepare cost estimates for potential rectification and retrofit of equipment and processes.
- review documentation, policies, procedures, and reports.
Key skills and interests
To become an energy auditor, you would need:
- an interest in sustainability and reducing energy usage
- analytical thinking and problem solving abilities
- excellent written and oral communication skills
- a high attention to detail and accuracy
- strong organisational and project management skills
- to be able to work independently and as part of a team.
Working hours and conditions
As an energy auditor you would usually work a standard number of hours, although this may involve shift work depending on the industries in which you do most of your auditing work.
Energy auditors work for government departments, utlity companies, engineering and environmental consulting firms, and construction contractors. They work both in offices and at client sites, which may include factories, warehouses, manufacturing plants, utility plants, mines, construction sites, and residential and domestic premises.
How to become an Energy Auditor?
Entry Level Education
To become an energy auditor, you have to complete a degree in an area such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science or a related field. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting legislation, the Australian Clean Energy Regulator
registers and publishes a list of greenhouse and energy auditors with the appropriate qualifications,
knowledge, experience and other qualities to conduct these audits.
To become a Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor you must satisfy a number of criteria, including having completed appropriate tertiary qualifications.
You will also be required to undertake a national police check.
Opportunities for energy auditors are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
Energy auditing is an emerging occupation, and is expected to grow relatively quickly off a somewhat small base in relative numbers.
More opportunities will become available as households and businesses look to reduce both costs and greenhouse impacts by reducing energy consumption. The number of opportunities will be determined somewhat by government policy in the areas of climate change, greenhouse gas reduction and environmental concerns.