The current state of affairs in the world around the environment and its conservation is not a secret anymore these days. The Internet is flooded with data on the damage that has been done to the natural resources to date and all the work that is being done currently to slow it down, if not completely undo it. There is ground-breaking research and development happening in the leading universities of the world in the field of Energy Engineering. It is one of the most exciting areas of study for Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineers after their undergraduate studies.
With a Master’s in the various courses related to Energy Efficiency and Services, Power Plant Engineering, Environmental Compliance, Sustainable/Alternative energy and Facility Management, students can make a mammoth tangible impact on the world. They are able to apply the fundamentals gained through Engineering studies at the Bachelor’s level into analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of different sources of energy and gather advanced knowledge about the ways in which energy can be harnessed from disparate sources and distributed effectively. The next level in their profession arises when they imbibe enough knowledge to recommend efficient and sustainable changes in building and manufacturing processes. Their expertise are not only sought in renewable energy fields like solar, hydro, geothermal or biomass, but also in environment-friendly ways of extracting natural gas and oil, since these sources have already taken the spot of the largest sector in the world in terms of dollar value.
It is no surprise that Scandinavian countries lead the world when it comes to Environment Conservation efforts and innovation. Therefore, some of the best universities to study Energy Engineering in the world are based in Europe, namely ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The US also houses excellent universities in this field, like the University of California, Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In Asia, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, offers an excellent graduate course, MSc in Environment Engineering, for students with an aspiration to attain nuanced understanding in the field.
With a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering, a student can expect a median salary of $70,848 per year, as of February 2020, in world-class organizations like Hobart Corporation, Carrier Corporation, Schlumberger, British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil and Hallie Burton (ref. PayScale.com). Considering the growing awareness about the protection of our environment, there is no doubt about the lucrative future prospects in this field.
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