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General Renewable Topics => Renewable Energy in EDUCATION => Topic started by: Dicer on June 09, 2015, 09:25:08 PM

Title: Career change
Post by: Dicer on June 09, 2015, 09:25:08 PM
Greetings all,

After 25 years as a heating engineer, I would like to move into Renewable Energy by studying via the degree route. Physically my body is bearing the brunt of those 25 years, mentally my mind wants a challenge and my soul seeks a worthwhile endeavour.

One of the main reasons for my interest in renewables is my family connection to Ghana. Visiting the country a few years ago I was astounded by the constant electricity shortages and how poor the option of renewables was being utilised. I am sure there are many people working on improving this situation but I think more needs to be done.

Another reason for my interest is that I think there will be major changes in the UK in the years to come regarding the use of renewable energy and I will like to be in position to be a part of this change.

What I would like to ask is if anybody has made this career transition, especially as a heating engineer and how things have panned out.
In terms of my degree options I have been looking at Open University courses as I will have to work through my studies, possibly with an MSc to complete my studies, again if anyone has tried this option please let me know which modules you took.

Now for the bombshell, I am 41 years old and this process should take 5-6 years, I have been looking for information to help me with my decision as this is a major moment in my life.

Any information or advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for those who reply and for reading my post.

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: guydewdney on June 09, 2015, 09:35:22 PM
Have you looked at

just a thought

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: sb79 on June 09, 2015, 09:41:38 PM
Dicer, I wish you the very best with it as you are doing what I would like to eventually do also. I'm also bearing the brunt of nearly 20 years in the heating/plumbing business and about 10 years of farm work (I started young) before that....

I think you are entirely correct in your assessment of the uk renewables market and indeed the world renewables market.

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: biff on June 09, 2015, 10:11:40 PM
Hello Dicer and welcome to the forum,
                              It would be good to get a degree and some paperwork to go with it but better still just learn as much about how the different systems work, Start off small and get a good basic understanding. PV is going to be a very big part of the future as well as Wind turbines, Hydro etc but you have to be able to figure out how they work and be able to put up a system yourself.
 Navitron have installer courses for Both wet and pv solar, so that in itself would be a good start for you.
      There is so much snake oil for sale in the renewable energy business and you need to be able to dodge these guys. Look for simple basic, reliable installations, even get a job with the installers might be a good idea.
 Degree are fine but new stuff is coming on the market that fast that degrees are getting left behind. Lots of old beliefs are getting knocked down and progress is being made in Off-grid batteries ,etc,
 Even High voltage cables in DC are now becoming the norm, going from country to country.
 It is a great time to be alive and every few months we are getting a taste of the future but we have to start with small steps and learn a bit at a time.
 You are only a kid at 41yrs, Just on the cusp of higher learning, ;D
                    Good luck,

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: todthedog on June 10, 2015, 12:58:58 PM
Dicer hello and welcome.
Look forward to hearing tales of your endeavours.
Look to hands on experience as well as theory.  Remember how many dreadful buildings are designed by highly qualified architects with no real world ideas.
Anyhow really hope it goes well for you, keep posting.

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: Dicer on June 11, 2015, 01:22:21 AM
 Thanks for the replies.

I fully understand the benefits of hands on experience Biff et al and I do intend to take this route as I progress through my journey into renewables.

When I started as an apprentice heating engineer I was in awe of the experienced engineers who held so much knowledge but decided to leave the industry as the ACOPS assessments were introduced, because some did not take to the process of being accessed for competence. I sense that this will eventually if not already be a major part of the renewables sector in the UK as it becomes more commercialised.

This seems a fantastic forum full of people with a real understanding of sustainable energy and living. So far I have found a few treads that have provided me with lots of information. My plans are to put myself in the best position possible for future employment in a new sector so even though a degree may not be necessary it may help with my employment prospects in years to come.

All the best.

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: Griffen on June 14, 2015, 12:37:10 AM
You mentioned Ghana. Also keep in mind the possibility of NGO's & working for the United Nations. ..possibly UNIDO as a career route.

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: solarpanelmuffin on February 16, 2017, 12:54:34 PM
Hello Dicer, I think what you are doing is noble. Looking at a bigger picture to help more people than just serve one's self. I would say that I support your cause and I hope that you could continue this path. I hope that you could contribute in helping improve the lives of people not just here in UK but also in other countries through the use of renewable energy such as solar power.

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: bxman on February 16, 2017, 02:22:15 PM
Hi and a welcome to you @solarpanelmuffin

I do not want to disillusion you

 if you were to look at @Diceers profile you would see that he arrived on the 8th of June 2015   

and last looked in again on the 12th of June 2015 

So I think your kind thoughts may fall on deaf ears

Title: Re: Career change
Post by: todthedog on February 16, 2017, 05:20:43 PM
Hello and welcome solarpanelmuffin.
As bxman has pointed out this post is old, as are some of us!
Difficult to remember old posts you are much more likely to get a response from live topics.