I'm a 27 year old male. Currently working as part of a plant maintenance team for a large scale book production company. I have completed an advanced modern apprenticeship and a HNC in mechanical engineer and hold around 7 years experience. I enjoy my work and have a keen interest in engineering but I am looking for, lets say, the new frontier, something a bit more exciting. I have been researching into courses that will give me industry recognized qualifications in renewable engineering which i find rather interesting.
Only problem is the cost of the courses. OLCI, who claim to be the largest training provider in this field, offer a course totalling £10000. The representative i spoke to was adamant that there would be good prospects for me once i completed my course and lots of different avenues to take. The cost also includes post course support for people starting their own business and supposedly a wealth of industry contacts as a route to industry.
Is this a wise way to go? It is a lot of money to me and the fear is that these courses and the sector of engineering is being oversold. Are renewables going to be the new 'buzzword' in the next decade, as i am constantly being told, or are the training providers jumping on the current energy debate bandwagon to make a quick buck?
Has anyone completed a course, or currently in a course such as this?
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me - changing career can be an exciting prospect but also stressful when it comes to decision making.
I understand, in its current state, renewable energy is neither cheap nor efficient but does this mean that there's a future for the industry in developing better technology or will this all just die off? Are there other energy options around the corner that will surpass renewables?
Have to work in a sunny or windy or geological active country to get the big bucks for renewal energy engineering person. Same as a regular mechanical/electrical engineer. Most all renewable energy is more expensive than traditional methods. Solve the problems of noise for the wind turbines
Make the solar panels cheaper and more efficient. Solve the metalurgy problems for the geothermal
projects. Then you get the hero mdal and the big bucks.