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Energy Auditors

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Conduct energy audits of buildings, building systems, or process systems. May also conduct investment grade audits of buildings or systems.

    Work Activities
    • Identify opportunities to improve the operation, maintenance, or energy efficiency of building or process systems.
    • Analyze technical feasibility of energy-saving measures, using knowledge of engineering, energy production, energy use, construction, maintenance, system operation, or process systems.
    • Identify and prioritize energy-saving measures.
    • Inspect or evaluate building envelopes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system.
    • Identify any health or safety issues related to planned weatherization projects.
    • Inspect newly installed energy-efficient equipment to ensure that it was installed properly and is performing according to specifications.
    • Prepare audit reports containing energy analysis results or recommendations for energy cost savings.
    • Collect and analyze field data related to energy usage.
    • Perform tests such as blower-door tests to locate air leaks.
    • Calculate potential for energy savings.
    • Measure energy usage with devices such as data loggers, universal data recorders, light meters, sling psychrometers, psychrometric charts, flue gas analyzers, amp probes, watt meters, volt meters, thermometers, or utility meters.
    • Prepare job specification sheets for home energy improvements, such as attic insulation, window retrofits, or heating system upgrades.
    • Quantify energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use or need.
    • Examine commercial sites to determine the feasibility of installing equipment that allows building management systems to reduce electricity consumption during peak demand periods.
    • Oversee installation of equipment such as water heater wraps, pipe insulation, weatherstripping, door sweeps, or low-flow showerheads to improve energy efficiency.
    • Recommend energy-efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.
    • Educate customers on energy efficiency or answer questions on topics such as the costs of running household appliances or the selection of energy-efficient appliances.
    • Determine patterns of building use to show annual or monthly needs for heating, cooling, lighting, or other energy needs.
    • Compare existing energy consumption levels to normative data.
    • Analyze energy bills, including utility rates or tariffs, to gather historical energy usage data.
    • Verify income eligibility of participants in publicly financed weatherization programs.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $65,930/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $31.70/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 34,130
    • Yearly Projected Openings 3,400
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Manometers
    • Leak testing equipment
    • Flow sensors
    • Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators
    • Air velocity and temperature monitors
    Technology
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.