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Your FAQs about renewable energy engineering answered

Renewable energy engineering FAQ

If you’re thinking of enrolling in a renewable energy engineering degree, start here!

Keen on studying renewable energy engineering? First let us say… Well done! You can’t hear us, but we’re giving you a huge round of applause for wanting to be part of the STEM squad working to ditch fossil fuels and build a better, more sustainable future.

But, like all things study and career related, you probably have questions. What types of courses are out there? Where will they lead you? Are there high school electives that can help? Or maybe you’d like to know about how much money you can make. Below, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about studying renewable energy engineering. You’ll also find heaps of links to further deets that’ll help you out as you start on this exciting journey.

Renewable energy engineering FAQs

What renewable energy degrees and renewable energy engineering courses are there?

If you want to stand out from the crowd in this area of STEM, UNSW School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) has two industry-renowned undergraduate qualifications – the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy) and the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Renewable Energy). Both are all about prepping future engineers to do amazing things in the renewable energy industry.

 Want to combine engineering with another passion or interest? (Yep, we love a good STEM + X!) At UNSW, you can also combine a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a:

 RELATED: 6 reasons to study renewable energy engineering

I also want to know my postgrad options! Can I do a Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering? 

You sure can! UNSW SPREE has three great options, depending on what you’d like to specialise in:

  1. Master of Engineering (Renewable Energy) – perfect for anyone who wants to skill up in renewable energy technologies, systems engineering, energy efficiency and assessment frameworks.

    To get into this one, you’ll need a four-year non-accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent) in a similar or related discipline, with a minimum 65% average. Or a three-year Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in a similar or related discipline, at least equivalent to the first three years of an engineering degree with a minimum 75% average. 

    If you have a four-year engineering degree in an unrelated discipline (or a three-year Bachelor of Science degree), there are also options for you. Read more about entry requirements here.
  1. Master of Engineering Science (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy) – this one will help you gain technical knowledge and learn how to analyse and solve engineering problems, as well as justify professional decisions. You can check the entry requirements here.
  2. Master of Engineering Science (Renewable Energy) – for anyone who has completed a four-year engineering degree or a four-year Bachelor of Science (Honours) with the required maths and physics courses (find out more here) and wants to jump on a renewable energy career path.
Renewable energy engineering FAQ
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What careers are in renewable energy engineering?

With a renewable energy degree under your belt, you could jump on a wide range of career paths. From NASA mission controller to an engineer at TESLA, check out five real renewable energy CVs here

You could also be:

  • An electrical engineer
  • An energy consultant
  • A project manager
  • A renewable energy engineer
  • A solar and battery design engineer

FREE DOWNLOAD: Get a copy of our eight-page Renewable Energy Engineer Job Kit, where you can meet real-life mentors, find career tips and insights, and get inspired about how you can be part of the energy revolution.


What’s a typical renewable energy engineer salary?

According to specialist energy sector recruiter, Freshwater Group, these are the types of salaries renewable energy engineers can expect at different levels of their career.

LevelSalary
Graduate$60,000 – $80,000
Mid-career$100,000 – $140,000
Senior$130,000 to $160,000 (more if managing a team)

Where you live can affect your salary too. “Different cities will have some variation, and the current market is starting to inflate some people’s expectations, and this will likely lead to some increases as companies compete for talent,” says Freshwater Group Managing Director, David Young.

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What electives should I choose to prepare for this career?

The short answer – maths and physics! Read more about why they’re so crucial over here and meet UNSW Sydney graduate Jonathon (Jono) Yates. He’s using numbers and data (plus everything he learned from doing a degree in photovoltaics!) to help the world move to a more sustainable future.

Got more questions about studying Renewable Energy Engineering? Contact UNSW SPREE for more information about this study pathway. 

This post was brought to you in partnership with the UNSW School of Photovolatics and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE).

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