The University of Newcastle, Australia

Study a degree in renewable energy engineering at UON

One of the biggest challenges humankind faces is the transition to a renewable energy economy. The success of this evolution depends on the creative solutions of a new generation of renewable energy engineers with specialised skills.​

What is renewable energy engineering? Spanning the disciplines of chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering, this degree will equip you to work across the whole spectrum of technologies for renewable energy capture, conversion, storage, delivery and management. You’ll also choose courses in related areas of climate change policy, law and economics and environmental sciences.

Why study with us?

  • Real-world insights: Connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • No. 1 in NSW for: overall student satisfaction, overall graduate satisfaction, overall employment, graduate skills and teaching.*
  • Flexible programs: Choose up to 4 courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design, or entrepreneurship. Use these to diversify your studies!
  • We’re No.2 in Australia for overall student experience.*

*Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2018
**Undergoing final University approval.

Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering student

90% Employed ? within four months of graduation
World Top 150 ? for civil and structural engineering
No.1 in NSW ? for overall student satisfaction and teaching
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
World top 8 ? for automation and control

What you will study

Become job-ready and build critical technical engineering skills in:

  • solar and wind
  • geothermal, hydro, ocean and hybrid systems
  • carbon accounting and energy auditing
  • power electronics and renewable energy systems
  • bioenergy
  • energy storage systems

Related undergraduate degrees

Career opportunities

A significant number of highly qualified engineers with specialities in renewable energy are required worldwide in order to meet global commitments to tackle climate change. That, in addition to community concerns on energy security and affordability, has driven government and organisations to seek highly trained engineers with expertise in the multidisciplinary field of renewable energy to evaluate, design, operate and optimise renewable energy systems for power generation.

Typical positions include:

  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Systems Design
  • Energy Management Consultant
  • Energy Accounting/Auditing
  • Energy Policy Development Officer
  • Renewable Energy Innovation

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

This program will be seeking provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia in 2019. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Practical experience

Practical experience

All UON engineering students have the opportunity to complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.