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What do Environmental Engineers do?

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

What are the Main Tasks of Environmental Engineers?

  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, and other specialists, and experts in law and business to address environmental problems.
  • Inspect industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Prepare, review, or update environmental investigation or recommendation reports.
  • Design or supervise the design 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, or planning or reviewing database development.
  • Obtain, update, or maintain plans, permits, or standard operating procedures.
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.
  • Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
  • Inform company employees or other interested parties of environmental issues.
  • Develop proposed project objectives and targets and report to management on progress in attaining them.
  • Request bids from suppliers or consultants.
  • Advise industries or government agencies about environmental policies and standards.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.
  • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.
  • Serve on teams conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities, providing assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, and sampling.
  • Coordinate or manage environmental protection programs or projects, assigning or evaluating work.
  • Maintain, write, and revise quality assurance documentation and procedures.
  • Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, or performing other general administrative duties.
  • Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.
  • Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
  • Develop or present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.
  • Develop, implement, or manage plans or programs related to conservation or management of natural resources.
  • Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.
  • Assess, sort, characterize, or pack known or unknown materials.
  • Direct installation or operation of environmental monitoring devices or supervise related data collection programs.
  • Prepare or present public briefings on the status of environmental engineering projects.
  • Write reports or articles for Web sites or newsletters related to environmental engineering issues.
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