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Environmental Engineering Technicians

Also called: Environmental Technician, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Engineering Technician, Engineering Technician

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Perform laboratory work such as logging numerical and visual observations, preparing and packaging samples, recording test results, and performing photo documentation.
  • Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.
  • Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE
  • PerkinElmer Turbochrom
Compliance software
  • Continuous emission management software
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Kubotek CADKEY software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$46,160
per year, on average
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