Energy/​Carbon Auditor
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
11d ago

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 :

  • energy management
  • 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.
  • Working conditions

    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.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an energy / carbon auditor you need to have a tertiary qualification in one of the following :

  • building science
  • energy management
  • engineering (chemical,electrical,environmental,industrial,mechanical)
  • environmental management
  • quantity surveying.
  • 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).
  • Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include chemistry, economics, maths and physics.

    Personal requirements

    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

    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.
  • Registration

    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.

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