Energy Engineering

About the energy engineering major

Energy engineers discover valuable renewable energy sources that free us from dependency on quickly depleting materials. This broad field of engineering deals with energy efficiency, energy services, facility management, environmental compliance, and alternative energy technologies.

You'll take courses in chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics, and electrical engineering to create a strong knowledge base for work in the industry. Energy engineers apply their knowledge of science (physics and chemistry), engineering (electrical and mechanical), and economics to confront the global challenges of energy supply and demand.

Skills and abilities this major develops: critical thinking and problem solving skills, observational skills, creativity, communication skills, and attention to detail.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat, electricity, and optics
  • Renewable energy systems and design
  • Sustainable energy
  • Thermodynamics

Possible careers

  • Battery engineer
  • Electromechanical engineer
  • Energy analyst
  • Energy engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Power plant engineer

Where could I work?

  • Bosch
  • Citizens Energy
  • DNV GL
  • Industrial Assessment Center
  • IPL
  • Johnson Controls

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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