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Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Overview
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Experience

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Education

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

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Examples

Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.

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.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $32K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $39K
Median Salary: $51K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $67K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $87K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills.

Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.

Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings.

Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.

Record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.

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.

Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies.

Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing.

Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs.

Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances, such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater.

Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.

Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies.

Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment.

Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials.

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 permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits.

Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies.

Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants.

Review work plans to schedule activities.

Oversee support staff.

Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment.

Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.

Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
SAS
Categorization or classification software
GAEA Technologies WinSieve
Compliance software
Site remediation management software
Computer aided design CAD software
Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access
Desktop publishing software
Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
Development environment software
National Instruments LabVIEW
Document management software
Gel documentation software
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Graphics or photo imaging software
Photogrammetric software
Industrial control software
Fugitive emission leak detection software
Internet browser software
Internet browser software
Map creation software
Geographic information system GIS software
Object or component oriented development software
Python
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Dataloggers
Consumer electronics
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Industrial filtering and purification
Particulate filters
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
High-pressure/temperature reactors
Industrial pumps and compressors
Aeration pumps
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Supercritical fluid extractors
Laboratory supplies and fixtures
Beakers
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Scanning microscopes
Medical sterilization products
Autoclaves
Oil and gas drilling and exploration equipment
Tractor mounted drill rigs
Personal safety and protection
Hazardous material protective clothing
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Digital cameras
Recreation and playground and swimming and spa equipment and supplies
Ozone generators
Water and wastewater treatment supply and disposal
Ultrafiltration cells
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Engineering and Technology
75%
Importance

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
72%
Importance

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

Customer and Personal Service
71%
Importance

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
69%
Importance

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

Chemistry
67%
Importance

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.

Mechanical
65%
Importance

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

Physics
65%
Importance

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.

Public Safety and Security
63%
Importance

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.

Building and Construction
59%
Importance

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Education and Training
59%
Importance

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

Top 10 Skills
Active Listening
78%
Importance

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
78%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension
78%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning
75%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Monitoring
68%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Science
68%
Importance

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Speaking
68%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making
65%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Complex Problem Solving
63%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Quality Control Analysis
63%
Importance

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Top 10 Abilities
Deductive Reasoning
80%
Importance

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

Inductive Reasoning
80%
Importance

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

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

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

Information Ordering
78%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Oral Comprehension
78%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Problem Sensitivity
78%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Near Vision
75%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Clarity
75%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Category Flexibility
73%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Top 10 Work Activities
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
83%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Getting Information
81%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Documenting/Recording Information
79%
Importance

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
78%
Importance

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
75%
Importance

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Interacting With Computers
75%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
72%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Analyzing Data or Information
71%
Importance

Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Processing Information
70%
Importance

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
69%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Detailed Work Activities

Maintain operational records or records systems.

Document design or operational test results.

Prepare technical or operational reports.

Analyze test or validation data.

Collect samples of raw materials or finished products.

Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.

Maintain clean work areas.

Package materials for transport.

Investigate system, equipment, or product failures.

Monitor processes for compliance with standards.

Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.

Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications.

Schedule operational activities.

Dispose of hazardous materials.

Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.

Prepare detailed work plans.

Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.

Assess product or process usefulness.

Investigate the environmental impact of projects.

Advise customers on the use of products or services.

Provide technical guidance to other personnel.

Create models of engineering designs or methods.

Supervise production or support personnel.

Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes.

Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Contact With Others

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Telephone

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Work With Work Group or Team

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Exposed to Contaminants

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In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

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Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets

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Freedom to Make Decisions

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Education
Majors
Major
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests
Realistic
100%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Investigative
81%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Conventional
77%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Enterprising
29%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic
24%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Social
15%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Attention to Detail
86%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Cooperation
86%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Dependability
85%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Integrity
85%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Initiative
83%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Stress Tolerance
82%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Adaptability/Flexibility
78%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Analytical Thinking
76%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Achievement/Effort
74%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Leadership
74%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values
Support
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Working Conditions
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Achievement
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Relationships
58%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Recognition
48%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.