The energy systems engineering (ESE) program is a combination of mechanical and industrial engineering core courses supplemented with energy-related and business management courses. Energy systems engineers oversee complex energy conversion and distribution systems, work to improve energy storage systems, and manage the efficient use of energy in building, manufacturing, and processing systems. These engineers also study the secondary effects of energy usage from a local environmental impact, regional and national economic impact, and global climate change perspective.

Degree: BS in Energy Systems Engineering
Energy Systems Engineering Faculty

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Potential career options in Energy Systems Engineering:

Use the career exploration resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)

Asset Management
Automation Engineer
Cert. Energy Manager
Design Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Energy Auditor
Energy Broker
Energy Conservation Engineer
Energy Distribution Engineer
Energy Efficiency Engineer
Energy Engineer
Energy Facilities Manager
Energy Smart Planner
Energy Storage Engineer
Energy Systems Engineer
Field Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Logistics Engineer
Maintenance Manager
Manufacturing Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Process Engineer
Project Engineer
Quality Engineer
Research Engineer
Solar Energy Engineer
Systems Engineer
Thermal Performance Engineer
Transportation Engineer
Utilities Specialist
Wind Energy Engineer

Where are OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Engineering alumni working?

Project Engineer, Deschutes Brewery/Northwest Engineering Services/Element1
Systems Engineer, US Department of Defense
Seismic Certification Engineer, Tobolski Watkins Engineering
Energy Systems Engineer, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting
Field Engineer, Johnson Controls/NSTAR Global Services
Power Engineer, Pacific Power
Energy Auditor, McKinstry
Consultant Engineer, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting
Sales Engineer, Lynx Technologies
Manufacturing Engineer, Bend Research, Inc
Design Engineer, ESCO/BasX Solutions
Quality Assurance Engineer, Chase Doors
Engineering Tech, Medline ReNewal
Electrical Engineering Tech, US Army Corps of Engineers
Commissioning Engineer, Glumac Engineering

Where have OSU students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?

Advanced Energy
ATI
Portland General Electric
Frito Lay
Bend Research
TriQuint Semiconductor
Pacific Power
Energy Northwest
BasX Solutions
Deschutes Brewery
Microsemi
Blue Sky Renewable Energy
Century West
Onboard Dynamics, Inc.
PCC Structurals, Inc.
Chase Doors
RailWorks
HDR
Madison Farms
US Army Corps of Engineers
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Sunlight Solar
Glumac
SD Deacon
Geatain Engineering, PLLC
EarthCruiser
ColeBreit
Systems West Engineers
Tobolski Watkins Engineering
PROMISE Interns

Job Search:

In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Energy Systems Engineering. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.

Learn about additional career opportunities in the energy systems engineering field

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Graduate School:

In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in engineering.

Professional Associations:

Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities.