Environmental Engineers

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Also known as:
Air Pollution Control Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Remediation Engineer, Hazardous Substances Engineer, Hazardous Waste Management Control Engineer, Pollution Control Engineer, Soil Engineer, Waste Management Engineer, Wastewater Treatment Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Engineer

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER CAREERS
Video transcript

Just about everything we do has an impact on the environment. Measuring that impact is the job of environmental engineers. They apply their engineering skills to assess the effect of projected or actual human activity, from the use of off-road recreational vehicles to housing developments. They also work to manage natural resources and control pollution.

They are also involved in recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. Many environmental engineers work as consultants, helping their clients comply with regulations and cleanup operations at hazardous waste sites. Usually, environmental engineers have a 4-year training degree. How much training they need and where they get it depends on their specialization.

Their specialization also affects whether they work indoors or outdoors and how much paperwork they have to do. Environmental engineering is a career that combines practicality and creativity because both qualities are needed to find solution to environmental issues. When this job is done well, the earth gains a little protection so future generations can also enjoy its bounty.

SNAPSHOT
Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
MED
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.

Provide assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.

Prepare, maintain, or revise quality assurance documentation or procedures.

Develop or present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.

Prepare or present public briefings on the status of environmental engineering projects.

Develop, implement, or manage plans or programs related to conservation or management of natural resources.

Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.

Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.

Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.

Advise industries or government agencies about environmental policies and standards.

Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, or planning or reviewing database development.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
TOP SKILLS
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.