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Environmental Engineers

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
    • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
    • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.
    • Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
    • Inspect industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
    • Design, or supervise the design of, systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
    • Direct installation or operation of environmental monitoring devices or supervise related data collection programs.
    • Prepare, review, or update environmental investigation or recommendation reports.
    • Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
    • Obtain, update, or maintain plans, permits, or standard operating procedures.
    • Prepare or present public briefings on the status of environmental engineering projects.
    • Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, or performing other general administrative duties.
    • Coordinate or manage environmental protection programs or projects, assigning or evaluating work.
    • Request bids from suppliers or consultants.
    • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.
    • Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.
    • Provide assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.
    • Develop, implement, or manage plans or programs related to conservation or management of natural resources.
    • Inform company employees or other interested parties of environmental issues.
    • Advise industries or government agencies about environmental policies and standards.
    • Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, or planning or reviewing database development.
    • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.
    • Prepare, maintain, or revise quality assurance documentation or procedures.
    • Develop proposed project objectives and targets and report to management on progress in attaining them.
    • Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.
    • Develop or present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.
    • Assess, sort, characterize, or pack known or unknown materials.
    • Write reports or articles for Web sites or newsletters related to environmental engineering issues.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

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

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • Mathematics

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

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 80970/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 38.93/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 930
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Photometers
    • Mass spectrometers
    • Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers
    • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
    • Air velocity and temperature monitors

    Technology

    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Map creation software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Compliance software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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