Science, Technology & Environment

Environmental Engineering Technician

Environmental engineering technicians work with environmental engineers to develop and implement solutions to fix environmental pollution.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Environmental Engineering Technician do?

Environmental engineering technicians carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop. They test, operate, and, if necessary, modify equipment used to prevent or clean up environmental pollution. They may collect samples for testing, or they may work to mitigate sources of environmental pollution.

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Work activities

As an environmental engineering technician, you would:

  • maintain project records or computer program files
  • record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations
  • perform environmental quality work in field or office settings
  • produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches
  • collect and analyse pollution samples, such as from air or ground water
  • decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.
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Key skills and interests

To become an environmental engineering technician, you would need:

  • ability in maths, science and IT
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • excellent practical skills
  • the ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • accuracy and organisational skills
  • a willingness to keep up to date with new developments.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Most environmental engineering technicians work full time, and often have regular working hours. However, they must sometimes work irregular hours in order to monitor operations.

Conditions

Environmental engineering technicians typically work indoors, usually in laboratories. They may also be required to go out into the field to collect test samples or monitor equipment.

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How to become an Environmental Engineering Technician?

Entry Level Education

To become an environmental engineering technician you would usually need to complete an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s degree in engineering, with a major in environmental engineering (such as renewable energy). To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of environmental engineering technicians is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

However, this is a small occupation, so the overall number of new job openings will still be small.

Employment in this occupation is typically tied to projects created by environmental engineers. The areas where opportunities are most likely are in improving efficiency in water use, wastewater treatment, clean-up of contaminated sites, pollution control, renewable energy and with utilities and water treatment plant operators..

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