South Africa remains highly dependent on coal fired electrical power, despite its commitment to the Paris Agreement and reducing greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050. The exploration of cleaner renewable energy options will support a transition to a carbon neutral economy with decreasing reliance on coal fired electricity and its environmental and health impacts. Energy efficiency involves the adaptative measures and technologies used to reduce energy consumption.
Energy efficiency technicians work alongside electrical engineers and technicians as well as building owners and managers. They often work in an office environment and travel to conduct site inspections of homes, businesses and industrial environments to determine causes of energy wastage and make recommendations for efficient use.
Energy efficiency technicians require a technical knowledge of energy saving technologies and electrical equipment and an understanding of energy efficiency compliance regulations. They will further benefit from:
Monitor the manufacture, installation, utilisation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems
Provide technical support in electrical equipment research and development
Assemble and install energy saving systems
Plan installation methods, checking completed installations for safety compliance
B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering at SU, UJ and UP
B.Sc.Eng in Electrical Engineering at UCT, UKZN and Wits
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Electrical Engineering at CPUT, CUT, DUT, MUT, TUT, UNISA, VUT and WSU
Provincial and local government.
Energy provision and service companies.
NPOs and private consultancies.