Environmental Engineering Technicians

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Environmental Service Systems

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Job Description

Your job is to Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

Common job titles of Environmental Engineering Technicians include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 67.31% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 10.79% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.

    Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings.

    Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.

    Review work plans to schedule activities.

    Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.

    Collect and analyze pollution samples, such as air or ground water.

    Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs.

    Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies.

    Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies.

    Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.

    Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances, such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater.

    Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory.

    Record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.

    Prepare permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits.

    Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing.

    Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants.

    Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment.

    Assess the ability of environments to naturally remove or reduce conventional or emerging contaminants from air, water, or soil.

    Work with customers to assess the environmental impact of proposed construction or to develop pollution prevention programs.

    Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills.

    Oversee support staff.

    Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies.

    Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials.

    Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.

    Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment.

    Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems.


Zeta meters

Water sampling pumps

Water samplers

Water quality monitors

Water level recorders

Water distillation units

Water baths

All Tools

Visible spectrometers

Video microscopes

Universal fractionators

Ultraviolet UV spectrometers

Ultrasonic cleaners

Ultrafiltration cells

Ultra pure water systems

Two-vortex mixers


Transmission electron microscopes TEM

Tractor mounted drill rigs

Tracer gas detectors

Toxicity analyzers

Total organic halide analyzers

Total organic carbon TOC analyzers

Total internal reflection fluorescence TIRF microscopes




Thermal conductivity detectors

Test tubes

Surface area analyzers

Supercritical fluid extractors

Streaming current detectors

Sterilizer chambers



Specific ion probes

Soil vapor sampling equipment

Soil samplers

Soil permeability testers

Soil particle size testers

Soil expansion testers

Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers

Single particle spectroscopes

Simultaneous static and dynamic light scattering systems

Scintillation counters

Scanning probe microscopes SPM

Scanning microscopes




Refrigerated centrifuges

Reciprocating pumps

Proton nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers


Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment

Plasma spectrometers


Phase contrast microscopes

pH meters

Personal computers

Peristaltic pumps

Particulate filters

Particle size analyzers

Particle counters

Pan balances

Ozone generators

Ozone concentration percentage meters

Ozone bubble contactors

Optical compound microscopes

Notebook computers

Multistage agar impactors

Muffle furnaces

Mixer mills

Microtox toxicity systems

Microscope slides




Mercury analysis equipment

Mechanical convection ovens

Mainframe computers

Magnetic stirrers

Low pressure reverse osmosis water treatment systems

Low pressure liquid chromatographs with fraction collectors

Liquid scintillation equipment

Liquid mass spectroscopes

Liquid handling robots

Laser printers

Laminar flow hoods

Laboratory vacuum pumps

Laboratory shakers

Laboratory scales

Laboratory ovens

Laboratory centrifugal pumps

Ion selective electrode ISE meters

Ion chromatographs

Inverted microscopes

Interferometeric refractormeters


Incubator shakers

Hot plate stirrers

High-speed centrifuges

High-pressure/temperature reactors

High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC with ultraviolet/visible UV/Vis absorbance detectors

Heating mantles

Heated environmental chambers

Hazardous material protective clothing

Groundwater sampling equipment

Groundwater pumps

Graduated cylinders

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Glassware condensers

Glassware adapters

Gel documentation systems

Gas mass spectroscopes

Gas chromatographs GC



French presses


Freeze dryers

Fraction collectors


Flow meters

Flow injection analyzers

Flatbed scanners

Flame ionization detectors FID

Filtering funnels

Filter press simulators


Fecal coliform constant temperature shaker baths

Erlenmeyer flasks

Epifluorescence microscopes

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers

Electrophoresis tanks

Electrophoresis equipment

Dynamic contact angle apparatus

Drop volume tensiometers

Dissolved oxygen meters

Digital cameras

Digester apparatus

Differential mobility analyzers

Dichotomous particulate matter samplers

Dessicator chambers

Desktop computers


Conductivity meters

Chemical fume hoods

Carbon analyzers

Camera-equipped microscopes


California bearing ratio CBR testing devices


Biosafety cabinets

Biological oxidizers

Binocular light compound microscopes

Benchtop refrigerated centrifuges

Benchtop nephelometers




Autotitration systems


Atomic force microscopes

Atomic absorption AA spectrometers

Argon lasers


Analytical balances

Anaerobic laboratory scale reactors

Anaerobic laboratory glove bags

Airborne particulate samplers

Air velocity meters

Air monitoring equipment

Aerobic laboratory scale reactors

Aeration pumps

13C nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Bentley MicroStation

Computer aided design and drafting CADD software

ESRI ArcGIS software

Geographic information system GIS software

Mathsoft Mathcad

National Instruments LabVIEW

All Technologies



Air dispersion modeling software


Continuous emission management software

DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE

Ecological risk assessment software

Environmental health and safety documentation software

Formula translation/translator FORTRAN

Fugitive emission leak detection software

GAEA Technologies WinSieve

Gas dispersion model software

Gel documentation software

Geomechanical design analysis GDA software

Greenhouse gas management software

Hazardous materials management HMS software


Hydrologic simulation program fortan HSPF software

Insightful S-PLUS

Internet browser software

Laboratory information management system LIMS


Maplesoft Maple

Material safety data sheet MSDS software

Microscopic image capturing software

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS

Neural network modeling software

PerkinElmer Turbochrom

Photogrammetric software

Presentation software

Regulatory compliance management software


Rockwell Automation Arena

Scientific Software Group MIGRATE

Simulation software

Simultaneous location and mapping SLAM

Site remediation management software

Soil mapping software

Stochastic modeling software

Stormwater runoff modeling software

Structure query language SQL

Thermal indoor climate simulation software

Visual MODFLOW Pro

WAM software

Waste management software

Water flow modeling software

Wind flow modeling software

Wolfram Research Mathematica

XP Software XPSWMM


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

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