Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEngineering · 1 decade ago

The job of an environmental engineer?

I have always been a a kid that enjoys the outdoors. I am certainly a conservationalist, and I am hoping to go into the job of environmental engineering. Can anyone tell me or explain in further detail exactly what an environmental engineer does?? (i have a very broad idea)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    depends on where you work (for whom) and what your particular role is. An awful lot of the jobs are in the site assessment and remediation category (phase I phase II etc.) and in regulatory compliance.

    A lot less outdoor time than you might expect, unless you are a technical end of the staff. A lot of office time and report writing, the higher up the ladder of responsibility you find yourself.

  • 1 decade ago

    *Design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental health hazards utilizing various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

    *Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies to evaluate the significance of such hazards, advise on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. Environmental engineers also design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems as well as being concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues such as the effects of acid rain, ozone depletion, water pollution and air pollution from automobile exhausts and industrial sources.

    At many universities, Environmental Engineering programs follow either the Department of Civil Engineering or The Department of Chemical Engineering at Engineering faculties. Environmental "civil" engineers focus on hydrology, water resources management and water treatment plant design. Environmental "chemical" engineers, on the other hand, focus on environmental chemistry, advanced air and water treatment technologies and separation processes.

    Additionally, engineers are more frequently obtaining specialized training in law (J.D.) and are utilizing their technical expertise in the practices of Environmental engineering law.


    * Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, and other specialists, and experts in law and business to address environmental problems.

    * Inspect industrial and municipal facilities and programs to evaluate operational effectiveness and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

    * Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation and recommendation reports.

    * Design and supervise the development of systems processes or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.

    * Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, and planning or reviewing database development.

    * Obtain, update, and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures.

    * Provide technical-level support for environmental remediation and litigation projects, including remediation system design and determination of regulatory applicability.

    * Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.

    * Advise corporations and government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.

    * Inform company employees and other interested parties of environmental issues.

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