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Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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 scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.
    • Collect and analyze pollution samples, such as air or ground water.
    • Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.
    • Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.
    • Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies.
    • Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment.
    • Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills.
    • Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances, such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater.
    • Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies.
    • Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment.
    • Oversee support staff.
    • Collect and analyze pollution samples, such as air or ground water.
    • Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies.
    • Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
    • Prepare permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits.
    • Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies.
    • Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems.
    • 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.
    • Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing.
    • Review work plans to schedule activities.
    • Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs.
    • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials.
    • Work with customers to assess the environmental impact of proposed construction or to develop pollution prevention programs.
    • Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory.
    • Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.
    • Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants.
    • Prepare permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits.
    • Record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.
    • Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.

    Skills

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    Knowledge

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • 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.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • 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.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • 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.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Philosophy and Theology

      Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 47490/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.83/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 700
    • Yearly Projected Openings 70

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    Personality

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

    Tools

    • Air pumps
    • Air samplers or collectors
    • Air velocity and temperature monitors
    • Analytical balances
    • Anemometers
    • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
    • Bench refractometers or polarimeters
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    • Bi distillation units
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Calorimeters
    • Chemical absorption gas analyzers
    • Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers
    • Chemistry analyzers
    • Chromatographic detectors
    • Conductivity meters
    • Darkfield microscopes
    • Density gradient fractionators
    • Desktop computers
    • Dewatering equipment
    • Digital cameras
    • Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers
    • Dissolved oxygen meters
    • Dropping pipettes
    • Electronic counters
    • Electrophoresis system accessories
    • Extracting equipment for laboratories
    • Filtering machinery
    • Flame ionization analyzers
    • Flow injection analysis equipment
    • Flowmeters
    • Fluorescent microscopes
    • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
    • Freeze dryers or lyopholizers
    • French pressure cells
    • Fume hoods or cupboards
    • Gas chromatographs
    • Gel documentation systems
    • Global positioning system GPS receiver
    • HEPA filtered enclosures
    • Hazardous material protective apparel
    • Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers
    • Heating mantles or tapes
    • Heating or drying equipment or accessories
    • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
    • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
    • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers
    • Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
    • Inverted microscopes
    • Ion chromatographs
    • Ion selective electrode
    • Ion selective electrode ISE meters
    • Isolation glove boxes
    • Laboratory adapters or connectors or fittings
    • Laboratory bailers
    • Laboratory balances
    • Laboratory beakers
    • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
    • Laboratory box furnaces
    • Laboratory centrifugal pumps
    • Laboratory flasks
    • Laboratory funnels
    • Laboratory graduated cylinders
    • Laboratory heat exchange condensers
    • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
    • Laboratory mixers
    • Laboratory safety furnaces
    • Laboratory vacuum pumps
    • Laminar flow cabinets or stations
    • Land drilling rigs
    • Laser printers
    • Lasers
    • Leak testing equipment
    • Light scattering equipment
    • Liquid scintillation counters
    • Magnetic stirrers
    • Mainframe computers
    • Mass spectrometers
    • Microcentrifuges
    • Microplate readers
    • Microscope slides
    • Multipurpose or general test tubes
    • Nephelometers
    • Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
    • Notebook computers
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
    • Open stream water level recorders
    • Optical diffraction apparatus
    • Orbital shakers
    • Orbital shaking water baths
    • Organic carbon analyzers
    • Ozone analyzers
    • Ozone generator
    • Particle size measuring apparatus
    • Penetrometers
    • Peristaltic pumps
    • Permeability testing apparatus
    • Personal computers
    • Photo attachments for microscopes
    • Photometer
    • Portable data input terminals
    • Potentiometers
    • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products
    • Reactors or fermenters or digesters
    • Reciprocating pumps
    • Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
    • Respirators
    • Reverse osmosis equipment
    • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
    • Sample oxidizer
    • Scanners
    • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes
    • Scanning probe microscopes
    • Shaking incubators
    • Soil core sampling apparatus
    • Soil testing kits
    • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
    • Spectrometers
    • Spectrophotometers
    • Standard fermentation units
    • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
    • Sterilization cabinets
    • Stirring hotplates
    • Surface tension measuring instruments
    • Thermal conductivity analyzers
    • Thermocouples
    • Titration equipment
    • Transmission electron microscopes
    • Turbidimeters
    • Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers
    • Ultra pure water systems
    • Ultrafiltration equipment
    • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
    • Vacuum or rotary evaporators
    • Video attachments for microscopes
    • Vortex mixers
    • Water analyzers
    • Water baths
    • Water meters
    • Water samplers
    • pH meters

    Technology

    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Categorization or classification software
    • Compliance software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Development environment software
    • Document management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Geographic information system
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Industrial control software
    • Internet browser software
    • Map creation software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Office suite software
    • Presentation software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Word processing software

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