Renewable Energy Engineering Career Opportunities

Who is Hiring Oregon Tech Energy Engineers?

Utilities, consulting firms, manufacturing companies, government agencies, and major corporations that traditionally have hired mechanical or electrical engineers to fill jobs having an energy emphasis are now looking to Oregon Tech to meet their professional staffing needs.

Here is a sample list of organizations and companies who have expressed a specific interest in our students because of our interdisciplinary approach. These prospective employers have either interviewed and/or hired our students for full- or part-time work, as interns or as regular employees.

 Advanced Energy          Ecova (Formerly Advantage IQ)  APDM
 Atlasta Solar Center  Beaverton School District  Black & Veatch
 Bonneville Environmental Foundation  Bonneville Power Administration  Braeside Farms
 CH2M Hill  City of Springfield  Clear Edge
 Conservation Service Group  Cordova Electric Cooperative  Daimler Trucks
 Ecos Consulting  EcoSolar, Inc  Enerfin 
 Energy Trust of Oregon     Evergreen Energy  Fairchild Semiconductor
 FEI  GL Garrad Hassan  General Electric
 Glumac  Gore Electric      Green Building Services
 HatiCon Solar  Hodaie Engineering  Iberdrola Renewables
 Horizon Wind  Imagine Energy  Intel
 Jacobs Engineering  Johnson Controls  Lite Solar
 Lockheed-Martin  McKinstry  Moventas
 Orange Design Industries  Oregon Electric Group  Oregon Green Solutions
 Pacific Gas & Electric  Pacific Northwest National Labs  Pacific Power
 PAE Consulting Engineers  Peace Village  PECI
 Peninsula Light Company  Port of Portland  Portland Engineers
 Portland General Electric  Portland Office of Sustainability  Portland Public Schools
 Positive Energy  Power Engineers  REC Solar
 REpower  Real Energy Solutions  Rocky Mountain Institute
 Shorepower Technologies  SNC-Lavalin  Solar Nation
 Solar World  SpectraWatt  Stantec
 Suzlon  SunPower Corp  Taurus Power
 Vestas Americas  Western Electric Coordinating Council  XZERES Wind

Graduates of Oregon Tech's renewable energy engineering program would be ideal candidates for engineering jobs in most any organization where a major emphasis is in power generation, power and energy systems design or applications, and energy conversion technologies. More broadly, organizations that work in these energy and renewable technologies need our graduates: energy efficiency and "green" buildings, solar hot water, photovoltaics, hydropower, wave and tidal energy, biomass and biofuels resources, wind energy, fuel cells, geothermal systems, and alternative fuels and transportation.

Job titles in these organizations include energy engineer, energy analyst, power engineer, controls engineer, energy modeler, energy auditor, energy policy analyst, project engineer, design engineer, applications engineer, systems engineer, facilities manager, and power systems analyst. A quick search of these and similar titles on should give you a better idea of who might hire energy engineers, where the jobs are, and the kinds of work these engineers do.

To learn more about salaries for different types of engineering jobs, go to

Also, check out this report: "Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025 — How the Northwest Can Create Green Jobs, Deliver Energy Security, and Thrive in the Global Clean-Tech Marketplace" for projections of energy-related "green" jobs. The report addresses five areas in particular for Oregon and Washington where the demand for technical talent appears to be increasing unabated: wind energy, photovoltaics, smart grid technologies, green buildings, and biofuels/biomass development.

Graduate Success Rate

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The Fast Stats listed in the Graduate Success publication is based upon the Career Survey administered by Oregon Tech's Career Services Office for the graduating class of 2013-14. The success rate is calculated as the percentage of survey respondents who are employed or continuing education within six months after graduation. Those who are inactive are not seeking employment for a variety of reasons. Average graduate salaries encompass all alumni within a given discipline. These results are from a survey conducted between December 2014 and January 2015.

The statistics and figures listed within each individual program of this publication are compiled from respondent data over graduation years 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14.