Environmental Engineering Technicians

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Water Pollution Control Technician
  • Soil Technician
  • Soil Field Technician
  • Senior Environmental Technician
  • Pollution Control Technician
  • Pollution Control Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Waste Inspector
  • Haz Tech (Hazardous Technician)
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Specialist
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What They Do

  • Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory.
  • Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.
  • Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment.
  • Oversee support staff.
  • Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants.
  • Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies.
  • Work with customers to assess the environmental impact of proposed construction or to develop pollution prevention programs.
  • Assess the ability of environments to naturally remove or reduce conventional or emerging contaminants from air, water, or soil.
  • Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems.
  • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $64,120 with most people making between $35,610 and $100,080

Outlook

2.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,000 people in California. It is projected that there will be 2,400 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 40 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.