Pay for energy / carbon auditors varies depending on qualifications and experience.
Energy / carbon auditors with up to five years' experience usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.
Energy / carbon auditors with five or more years' experience and accreditation can earn from $80,000 to $200,000.
Source : Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ), 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Energy / carbon auditors may do some or all of the following :
inspect buildings and carry out energy surveys / audits
ensure accurate records are kept and energy monitoring data is collected regularly
develop methods to reduce energy use at businesses and organisations, and help put these methods into practice
set up procedures to monitor and assess carbon emissions
develop methods to reduce carbon emissions
review the effectiveness of energy and carbon reduction measures and verify any savings made from these changes
write reports and present findings to clients
provide technical and practical advice, and offer training on energy efficiency
provide technical support to mechanical and electrical design engineers.
Skills and knowledge
Energy / carbon auditors need to have knowledge of :
renewable energy and energy storage technologies
technologies and techniques for reducing carbon emissions
how to measure energy use and carbon emissions of buildings and industrial processes
building services and controls such as centralised computer systems for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
the energy market and pricing
legislation on energy efficiency and carbon reduction
how to manage projects.
Energy / carbon auditors :
usually work a 40-hour week, though they may work evenings or weekends when buildings are empty
spend most of their time either at their office or visiting worksites such as office buildings and factories
may travel locally, nationally and internationally to visit sites.
To become an energy / carbon auditor you need to have a tertiary qualification in one of the following :
According to the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ), typical qualifications for energy / carbon auditors include :
New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Level 4)
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6).
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include chemistry, economics, maths and physics.
Energy / carbon auditors need to be :
able to work to strict deadlines
well organised, with good planning skills
methodical with calculations and reporting
able to work well in a team
good written and verbal communicators.
Useful experience for energy / carbon auditors includes :
building and construction work
home energy assessment or insulation work
work involving accounting or economics
work servicing building systems such as heating and ventilation systems
work in factories.
Energy and carbon auditors can become accredited through the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ). Auditor accreditation requires about five years of energy and carbon auditing experience.