Water and Wastewater Engineers
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Also known as:
Architectural Engineer, Bridge Engineer, Civil Engineer, Construction Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Highway Engineer, Hydrographic Engineer, Railroad Design Consultant, Research Hydraulic Engineer
Just about every large-scale human activity has an impact on the environment. Preventing damage, and managing it when it does occur, is the job of environmental engineers. This is a career that combines practicality and creativity to keep air, soil, and water quality healthy and productive. Environmental engineers use research and design skills to manage waste treatment and pollution control efforts. They also use a variety of tools, and the latest technology, to find efficient ways to monitor environmental well-being. Since much of their work involves meeting government regulations, environmental engineers need to be experts at requesting permits and maintaining plans and procedures that insure others support the systems they put in place. Environmental engineers divide their work between the office and the outdoors. They often do some traveling to collaborate with scientists and experts in law or business. Many work as consultants to help corporations and government agencies with cleanup of contaminated sites. A master's degree in environmental engineering or a related field is required for some positions, while other positions require only a bachelor's degree. When this job is done well, the earth gains a little protection, so future generations can enjoy its bounty.
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Design sludge treatment plants.
Oversee the construction of decentralized or on-site wastewater treatment systems, including reclaimed water facilities.
Perform hydraulic analyses of water supply systems or water distribution networks to model flow characteristics, test for pressure losses, or to identify opportunities to mitigate risks and improve operational efficiency.
Conduct environmental impact studies related to water and wastewater collection, treatment, or distribution.
Design water storage tanks or other water storage facilities.
Analyze and recommend sludge treatment or disposal methods.
Design water distribution systems for potable or non-potable water.
Write technical reports or publications related to water resources development or water use efficiency.
Conduct feasibility studies for the construction of facilities, such as water supply systems, runoff collection networks, water and wastewater treatment plants, or wastewater collection systems.
Design water runoff collection networks, water supply channels, or water supply system networks.
Conduct cost-benefit analyses for the construction of water supply systems, runoff collection networks, water and wastewater treatment plants, or wastewater collection systems.
|Making Decisions and Solving Problems||Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.|
|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.|
|Interacting With Computers||Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.|
|Analyzing Data or Information||Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.|
|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.|
|Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work||Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.|
|Communicating with Persons Outside Organization||Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.|
|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.|
|Design||Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.|
|English Language||Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.|
|Mathematics||Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.|
|Building and Construction||Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.|
|Administration and Management||Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.|
|Mechanical||Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.|
|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.|
|Critical Thinking||Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.|
|Judgment and Decision Making||Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.|
|Reading Comprehension||Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.|
|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.|
|Mathematics||Using mathematics to solve problems.|
|Complex Problem Solving||Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.|
|Systems Analysis||Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.|