Energy Auditors

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Energy Auditors

Energy Auditors - Preparation

To work as an energy auditor, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • have up to one year of related work experience; and
  • complete long-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

Some energy auditors complete a formal degree program. These programs range in length from two-year associate degree programs to more in-depth four-year programs. You study energy management, basic building principles, learn how to evaluate energy use patterns, and understand HVAC&R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology) systems. You also take courses in algebra, English, and physics.

Most energy auditors take courses to become a Certified Energy Auditor. If you wish to own your own business, consider taking business classes as well.

Work experience

Early in your career, you spend up to a year gaining work experience before getting a job as an energy auditor. Working alongside or in support of another energy auditor allows you to have an idea of the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the occupation.

On-the-job training

Most beginning energy auditors learn additional skills on the job from an experienced worker. You begin as a helper and do basic tasks. During training, you learn:

  • inspection techniques;
  • data analysis;
  • equipment use; and
  • computer software programs.

Training generally lasts at least one year.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.