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Energy Manager Career Profile


Fast facts about Energy Management

The Province of Ontario expects to spend $10B by 2025 to achieve its conservation targets

A 2007 study of the impact of the province's conservation programs on economic development predicts 42,000 new jobs created by 2025 to directly support implementation


Skills Required to be an Effective Energy Manager

To be an effective energy manager, you need to have excellent knowledge and understanding in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Energy efficiency
  • Health and safety
  • Information handling
  • Legal requirements
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Organizational context

You should be able to demonstrate the following “soft” skills while working with clients and others:
 

  • understand how the different parts of the organization and its operating environment tie together
  • clearly relate your goals and actions to the strategic aims of the organization
  • listen actively, ask questions, clarify points and rephrase others’ statements to verify mutual understanding
  • identify the types of information your audience requires or wants
  • adopt communication styles appropriate to listeners and situations, including selecting an appropriate time and place
  • use a variety of media and communication aids to reinforce points and maintain interest
  • confirm listeners’ understanding through questioning and interpretation of non-verbal signals
  • encourage listeners to ask questions or rephrase statements to clarify their understanding
  • modify communication in response to feedback from listeners
  • develop and use contacts to trade information, and obtain support and resources
  • present yourself positively to others
  • create and prepare strategies for influencing others
  • use a variety of means to influence others
  • understand the culture of the organization and act to work within it or influence it
  • establish information networks to search for and gather relevant information;
  • actively encourage the free exchange of information
  • make best use of existing sources of information
  • seek information from multiple sources
  • challenge the validity and reliability of sources of information

 

What Employers Say
The energy manager should

  • possess at least some technical expertise to make informed decisions regarding energy options: an energy manager should be familiar with building codes and standards that apply to energy efficiency, including requirements for envelope design, mechanical systems, lighting systems to promote energy conservation and efficiency
  • be a good communicator
  • have a willingness to be a team player with colleagues, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers
  • Non-abrasive, enthusiastic, and energetic are desirable personality traits in an energy manager
  • The ability to communicate well is essential
  • When selecting new workers, most employers feel that job experience is more important than education level
  • Employees surveyed feel that communication and interpersonal skills are more important than general technical and business skills in IT and Engineering jobs, especially teamwork, spoken and written communications
  • The largest obstacles employers face is finding workers with suitable experience and skills.

 

If you are an internationally-trained immigrant:

  • 24% of employers felt that poor communication skills and/or language barriers made staffing harder
  • An overwhelming 90% of employers have rejected an internationally educated professional candidate because they believed the language barrier was too challenging
  • 41% of applicants were rejected because they did not have Canadian experience, while 31% were because they didn't have enough documentation
  • Employers generally believe that professionals who were internationally trained are high performers
  • Over 60% of surveyed employers felt technicians, programmers and software engineers were generally most qualified to work in Canada


Finding Work
The top three ways employers in the private sector recruited employees in this field were:

  • Employee referrals
  • Resumes submitted to the company
  • Word-of-mouth

 

The Job Market

  • Average annual income for Ontario workers in all occupations: $47,299
  • Average annual income for entry-level Ontario Energy Managers: $53,288
  • Expected pay range for entry-level Energy Managers: $39,629 - $69,970

With several years of experience and professional certification, a Certified Energy Manager may expect to make more than $100,000 per year.

Additional Resources
1. http://www.estesmcclure.com/pdf/Impact_of_Energy_Manager.pdf


Professional Certifications

Certifications for energy managers are listed on the Professional Certifications page.




 

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