Education & Work Experience Requirements
Almost all HSE Engineers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, though the specialism is less important. It is also considered very important to have practical engineering and lab experience, so candidates who have previous work experience or have taken work experience modules during their degree are preferable.
To work up the ranks, a master’s degree might help you get a foot on the management ladder faster, but it is not essential.
HSE Engineer Skillset
Since HSE Engineering is a hybrid of complex, technical work and practical solutions, employers will be looking for adaptable and multi-skilled candidates. Some of the less official skills required might include:
Almost all HSE Engineers work on complex machinery and software that requires a high level of technical understanding in areas like electrical safety, machine safeguarding and equipment lockout.
Computer literacy is a non-negotiable for a HSE Engineer, as you will spend a significant amount of time using computers to both design processes and then report on them.
As a business’ HSE Engineer you will need to work with employees from all levels, to implement safety procedures and policies and train staff on how they should follow best practices. Therefore, good communication skills and the ability to present and tailor training to different ways of learning is key.
Problem Solving Skills
You’ll need to be the kind of person who sees an accident or safety issue and isn’t fazed by it but is ready to accept fault (if needs be) and come up with a practical and achievable solution.
Whether it’s working with inspectors, company management, or other engineers, you will need to be able to work efficiently as part of a team to create the optimum safety policies for your business.