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PROJECT ENGINEER - ENERGY SERVICES: Gain As Many Tools As Possible

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This project engineer works for an energy services company that designs solar and energy efficiencies. She creates solar designs that help to improve energy efficiency for projects around schools and cities. She got her current job because she studied engineering with a focus on environmental engineering and energy efficiency in university.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering - Environmental Engineering
Job Title: Project Engineer

Job Summary: Mechanical Engineers

Job Description

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

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$50,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
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Full-time
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Office, Indoor
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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

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m='17500'>I'm</span> <span m='17670'>here</span> <span m='18170'>today</span> <span m='18480'>in</span> <span m='18790'>San</span> <span m='19070'>Francisco</span> <span m='19550'>at a</span> <span m='19830'>solar</span> <span m='20130'>convention,</span> <span m='21090'>looking</span> <span m='21390'>at</span> <span m='21500'>different</span> <span m='21970'>manufacturers</span> <span m='22445'>to</span> <span m='22920'>incorporate</span> <span m='23305'>into</span> <span m='23690'>my solar</span> <span m='24180'>designs.</span> <span m='25340'>So</span> <span m='25610'>I</span> <span m='25780'>take</span> <span m='26120'>solar</span> <span m='26460'>photovoltaics</span> <span m='26840'>that</span> <span m='27920'>takes</span> <span m='28270'>energy</span> <span m='28730'>from the</span> <span m='29183'>sun and</span> <span m='29636'>converts</span> <span m='30090'>it to</span> <span m='30400'>electrical energy</span> <span m='30900'>that you</span> <span m='31260'>can</span> <span m='31410'>use</span> <span m='31720'>in</span> <span m='31820'>your</span> <span m='31960'>classroom,</span> <span m='33070'>in</span> <span m='33350'>your</span> <span m='33470'>home.</span> <span m='34690'>I</span> <span m='34950'>specifically</span> <span m='35420'>design</span> <span m='35780'>these</span> <span m='35940'>projects</span> <span m='36650'>around</span> <span m='37250'>schools</span> <span m='38110'>and</span> <span m='38670'>cities.</span> </p><p><span m='41234'>Some</span> <span m='41670'>days</span> <span m='42110'>I</span> <span m='42230'>go</span> <span m='42400'>out</span> <span m='42610'>in the</span> <span m='42670'>field.</span> <span m='42900'>I'm</span> <span m='43510'>a</span> <span m='43800'>field</span> <span m='44210'>engineer.</span> <span m='44820'>I</span> <span m='45120'>survey</span> <span m='45500'>the site,</span> <span m='45905'>I</span> <span m='46310'>look</span> <span m='46770'>at</span> <span m='47180'>what type of</span> <span m='47360'>area</span> <span m='47700'>we</span> <span m='47810'>have</span> <span m='48180'>to</span> <span m='48240'>put</span> <span m='48610'>a</span> <span m='49042'>solar</span> <span m='49474'>photovoltaic</span> <span m='49906'>system on.</span> <span m='51640'>Or</span> <span m='51995'>I</span> <span m='52350'>may</span> <span m='52510'>be in</span> <span m='52750'>the office</span> <span m='53120'>doing</span> <span m='53490'>calculations</span> <span m='54305'>using</span> <span m='54750'>different</span> <span m='55237'>programs</span> <span m='55724'>to help</span> <span m='56211'>design</span> <span m='56698'>a system</span> <span m='58520'>or</span> <span m='58880'>looking</span> <span m='59250'>at</span> <span m='59620'>different</span> <span m='59710'>manufacturers.</span> </p><p><span m='61641'>I</span> <span m='62060'>studied</span> <span m='62350'>general</span> <span m='62710'>engineering</span> <span m='63000'>at</span> <span m='63500'>Cal Poly</span> <span m='63860'>San Luis</span> <span m='64340'>Obispo.</span> <span m='64560'>It's</span> <span m='64840'>a</span> <span m='65120'>state</span> <span m='65415'>school</span> <span m='65710'>in</span> <span m='66060'>California.</span> <span m='68590'>I</span> <span m='68680'>got</span> <span m='68890'>to</span> <span m='68970'>focus</span> <span m='69410'>a</span> <span m='69480'>lot</span> <span m='69720'>on</span> <span m='70020'>mechanical</span> <span m='70330'>systems</span> <span m='71050'>and</span> <span m='71610'>I</span> <span m='71700'>took</span> <span m='71910'>a</span> <span m='71960'>lot</span> <span m='72150'>of</span> <span m='72260'>environmental</span> <span m='72840'>engineering</span> <span m='73330'>classes</span> <span m='73660'>that</span> <span m='74080'>incorporated</span> <span m='74500'>energy</span> <span m='74810'>efficiency.</span> <span m='75190'>And</span> <span m='75570'>that's how</span> <span m='75950'>I got into</span> <span m='76366'>this 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