Energy systems class at a power station. Increasing demand for energy and environmental sustainability is fueling innovations in renewable energy systems. The Energy Systems area includes power electronics, electric machines and drives, power systems and renewables. These disciplines must work together to generate, deliver, and condition power. Energy Systems covers everything between power generation and the end user, including: power electronic converters (e.g. power supplies); electric motors and generators (e.g. wind, wave, and other renewable energy generators); motor drives (e.g. hybrid and electric vehicles); and transmission systems (e.g. transformers and transmission lines). Topics addressed include energy conservation through more efficient electronic systems, intelligent energy management through smart grid approaches, and renewable technologies including solar PV, wind, and wave for energy generation and distribution. Oregon State has internationally recognized professors who specialize in renewable energy.

Potential Job Opportunites

Power systems engineer: Designs, builds, and maintains the power grid infrastructure for companies like Bonneville Power Administration, Eugene Water and Electric Board, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Pacific Power.

Generator designer: Designs generators for power production onto the grid for companies like Bonneville Power Administration, Cummins, GE and Vestas.

Control designer: Designs controllers for power distribution systems for companies like ATS Automation, Bonneville Power Administration, CH2M, GE and Vestas.

Electric or hybrid vehicle designer: Designs new, efficient hybrid and electric vehicle drive systems for companies like Ford, General Motors and Tesla Motors.

Renewable energy engineer: Designs and installs wind, solar, and hydroelectric production facilities for companies like GE, CH2M, Solar City and Vestas.

Power supply engineer: Designs, builds and tests high efficiency DC power supplies for electronic instruments for companies like Boeing, CH2M, Eaton, Emerson, Intel and Sure Power.