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Environmental Engineer

Career Highlights

  • Create new ideas to help agricultural careers / industry
  • Help the environment
  • Building and creating products for the future.

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Career Summary

With thorough educational training environmental engineers use their knowledge and training in hopes of improving and preserving environmental surroundings. Their knowledge and expertise is especially valuable to corporations who wish to build new buildings and housing projects.

Environmental EngineerPrior to any construction, an environmental engineer must conduct several field surveys to ensure that any new construction wonít endanger those who will inhabit the buildings nor harm the animal and vegetation life in the local area. However, environmental engineers do not just survey potential land use.

Depending on the chosen specialization will determine the responsibilities and skills an engineer will need to acquire. Some environmental engineers design water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems while others dedicate their profession to local and worldwide environmental research such as the effects of acid rain and the ozone depletion. Many people believe that the pollution and the decrease in environmental quality in other parts of the world affect their local environmental circumstances. An environmental engineer usually finds their career professional niche while still in school.

In school, future environmental engineers learn about water and wastewater treatment, air pollution in the environment and elements of public health. Nevertheless, itís in the real world where engineers will gain experience in their chosen profession. Anther specialization that lure environmental engineers is toxic chemical accidents.

When there is a chemical accident an environmental engineer is consulted to best handle the chemical treatment process. They are normally one of the first professionals requested for spill response techniques. The Prestige oil tanker spill in 2002 off the Galician coast is said to have caused one of the largest oil spills in Spainís history. Following the spill and sinking of the Prestige, engineers used robots to drain the remaining oil and seal cracks in the tanker's hull. This is where quality education meets real world experience.

During chemical accidents environmental engineers learn about operational phases for chemical spill response, spill documentation, establishing a command post and environmental recovery strategies. Each stage has itís own diverse area of knowledge.

Environmental engineer careers is a very diverse field. Career opportunities include environmental research, commercial product designing, environmental project planer, and government regulatory agency representation or environmental social work. Educational studies in math, science and potentially most importantly humanities are very important. Environmental engineering is so intertwined with people, itís necessary to understand how people and societies function.

Environmental engineers must be able to communicate effectively with people of all types if they are to succeed in solving problems. These skills can only be learned by doing, the more you do, the better you will become.




Requires a degree in:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geology

Career Skills

  • Air velocity and temperature monitors
  • Core drills
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Photometers
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Continuous emission management software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Component oriented development software (such as C++)

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