How to become a renewable energy engineer

Have you ever wanted a career where you could travel the world as a contractor and earn a higher daily rate than a permanent employee? A career as a renewable energy engineer could be perfect for you!

Over the past decade, there has been a major shift in the focus on renewable energy, with countries and companies investing billions in reducing their carbon footprint. As a result, now is the ideal team to get your career as a renewable energy engineer started.

We have broken down the key things that you need to consider before making the decision, including:

  • The benefits of contracting
  • How to become a renewable energy engineer
  • Finding work
  • How we can help

Our all-inclusive, fixed-fee accountancy package is just £55 per month. We’ll take away the mountains of paperwork and tedious administration tasks that usually come hand in had with tax and being a contractor, so that you can focus more of your time on the day-to-day demands of contracting.

The benefits of contracting

There are a number of benefits to leaving behind the life of permanent employment and becoming a contractor. Naturally, the first thing most people think about is the financial benefits, such as:

  • Higher daily rates
  • Offset your expenses against income to reduce your tax bill
  • Higher take home pay rates if you work through a limited company

These are just a few of the financial benefits of contracting; in addition you’ll be able to benefit from the added flexibility of being your own boss. Gone are the days of waiting for your boss to approve holiday requests and you’ll also be able to pick and choose which contracts you wish to undertake. To find out more, you might find our page on the benefits of contracting useful.

How to become a renewable energy engineer

Renewable energy is quite technical and you’ll need a certain level of expertise to be able to function appropriately as a contractor in the industry. Additionally, this should go without saying, but you’ll need to have certain “green” values. As with any job, you need to be passionate about what you are doing, so if you are someone who wants to help change the environment for the better you could be perfect.

A good degree in engineering or science is a must! A degree can lay the foundations for you to be able to get your career started and obtain the work experience necessary to develop the expertise that any contractor needs.

Once you have obtained a degree and have a few years of relevant experience under your belt, you’ll be in a position to start seriously thinking about becoming a renewable energy engineer on a contract basis.

Finding work as a renewable energy engineer

We have broken down a few key things that you can do to find work, it’s ok, you don’t need to be some sort of sales and marketing guru, its all relatively straightforward.

Recruitment agencies

There are a number of specialist recruitment agencies that will focus on a particular area of renewable energy; naturally, these are one of the most obvious ways to find work.

They will display a range of contract roles on their websites, you’ll simply send your CV to the recruiter and they will be in touch if they feel that you are suitable. On the subject of CVs, your contractor CV will need to be slightly different to ones you have made in the past. Less emphasis is placed on being available long term and being part of their team, instead, you need to be very factual and focus primarily on your skills and the expertise you can offer the client.

For more information on writing a contractor CV, read our top tips.

Contacting companies directly

Many companies, especially larger organisations within the industry, will have a dedicated careers section on their website that features their latest contract positions. As a result, it would be useful to compile a list of companies that you would like to work with and seeing if they have any vacancies available.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a not so obvious way of finding work, but it is a largely untapped resource that can be invaluable in your search for contract work as a renewable engineer.

There are a couple of things that you can do! Firstly, have a look through your connections list and see if there is anyone that you are already connected with who works at a company that would benefit from your expertise. If you do find someone, it is worth sending a short message to see if they know of any contract roles that are available. Even if the answer is no right now, there could be an opening in a few months and you want to make sure that your name is thrown into the hat.

The second thing that you can do is search directly for companies on LinkedIn and look at the list of their employees. You’ll be able to see if you have any shared connections with key members of the organisation.

If you do find someone, contact your mutual connection and ask them to introduce you. It could just be that you catch them at the right time and the perfect contract position is available.

Even if you can’t find any work in the short term through LinkedIn, you’ll be able to expand your network and potentially develop some strong points of contact within the renewable energy sector.

How we can help

We pride ourselves on understanding the needs of contractors and keeping our accountancy offering as straightforward as possible. This is why we offer one, all-inclusive, fixed fee package for just £55 per month!

For this low-cost, fixed monthly fee, you’ll benefit from:

  • Annual accounts submission
  • Management information
  • Corporation tax calculations and submissions
  • Monthly payroll and RTI returns
  • Quarterly VAT returns
  • Annual returns for Companies House
  • Personal tax return for the director
  • The option to manage your finances online with Free Agent

Our expert accountants are always on hand to help, so if you would like to find out more about our services, call us on 020 7481 4743.