What does an Environmental Engineering Technician do?

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.

Jobs Roles

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