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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.
Water sampling pumps
Water quality monitors
Water level recorders
Water distillation units
Water bathsAll Tools
Ultraviolet UV spectrometers
Ultra pure water systems
Transmission electron microscopes TEM
Tractor mounted drill rigs
Tracer gas detectors
Total organic halide analyzers
Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
Total internal reflection fluorescence TIRF microscopes
Thermal conductivity detectors
Surface area analyzers
Supercritical fluid extractors
Streaming current detectors
Specific ion probes
Soil vapor sampling equipment
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
Scanning probe microscopes SPM
Proton nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment
Phase contrast microscopes
Particle size analyzers
Ozone concentration percentage meters
Ozone bubble contactors
Optical compound microscopes
Multistage agar impactors
Microtox toxicity systems
Mercury analysis equipment
Mechanical convection ovens
Low pressure reverse osmosis water treatment systems
Low pressure liquid chromatographs with fraction collectors
Liquid scintillation equipment
Liquid mass spectroscopes
Liquid handling robots
Laminar flow hoods
Laboratory vacuum pumps
Laboratory centrifugal pumps
Ion selective electrode ISE meters
Hot plate stirrers
High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC with ultraviolet/visible UV/Vis absorbance detectors
Heated environmental chambers
Hazardous material protective clothing
Groundwater sampling equipment
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Gel documentation systems
Gas mass spectroscopes
Gas chromatographs GC
Flow injection analyzers
Flame ionization detectors FID
Filter press simulators
Fecal coliform constant temperature shaker baths
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers
Dynamic contact angle apparatus
Drop volume tensiometers
Dissolved oxygen meters
Differential mobility analyzers
Dichotomous particulate matter samplers
Chemical fume hoods
California bearing ratio CBR testing devices
Binocular light compound microscopes
Benchtop refrigerated centrifuges
Atomic force microscopes
Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
Anaerobic laboratory scale reactors
Anaerobic laboratory glove bags
Airborne particulate samplers
Air velocity meters
Air monitoring equipment
Aerobic laboratory scale reactors
13C nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
ESRI ArcGIS software
Geographic information system GIS software
National Instruments LabVIEWAll 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
Internet browser software
Laboratory information management system LIMS
Material safety data sheet MSDS software
Microscopic image capturing software
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
Neural network modeling software
Regulatory compliance management software
Rockwell Automation Arena
Scientific Software Group MIGRATE
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
Waste management software
Water flow modeling software
Wind flow modeling software
Wolfram Research Mathematica
XP Software XPSWMM
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.