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Geothermal Engineer

Job Snapshot: 
Geothermal energy is a rapidly expanding and increasingly popular technology for both residential and industrial applications. Geothermal technology takes advantage of the heat that naturally radiates below the earth's surface. Because the temperature underground is always constant, geothermal technology can be used for both heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. As a geothermal engineer, you may be exploring new ways to harness and use this exciting technology, or determining the best design, methods and technology for individual installations.
Roles & Responsibilities: 
As a geothermal engineer, you will work to develop geothermal technology and drilling techniques, monitor reservoirs and energy fields, use computer models, and diagnose and resolve problems.
Environmental Understanding and Essential Skills: 

Understanding: energy efficiency principles, thermodynamics, pollution reduction, climate change

Skills: problem solving, organization, critical thinking, innovation, report writing, technical knowledge, complex tools, computers, mathematics, English, communication, attention to detail, analysis

Education and Recommended Courses: 
An engineering degree is necessary, though additional education is preferred. Training and certification is offered by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition. Useful cources include chemistry, geology, physics, mathematics, English, computers, and geography.
Potential Earnings: 
$70,000-$85,000
Employment Atmosphere: 

Relationships: Daily interaction with technicians and technologists, as well as other engineers, will be necessary. Some meetings with energy policy planners may occur.

Atmosphere: You will often be working out in the field, taking measurements and ensuring operations are running smoothly.