Environmental Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3025.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
18,600 employed

Projected (2024):
20,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Analysis Engineering Technician
  • Air Analysis Technician
  • Air Analyst
  • Air Moving Technician
  • Air Pollution Specialist
  • Air Quality Instrument Specialist
  • Air Technician
  • Compliance Aide
  • Engineer Technician
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Engineering Inspection Assistant
  • Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineering Aide
  • Environmental Engineering Assistant
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Field Professional
  • Environmental Field Team Member
  • Environmental Field Technician
  • Environmental Remediation Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Haz Tech (Hazardous Technician)
  • Industrial Waste Inspector
  • Pollution Control Engineering Technician
  • Pollution Control Technician
  • Senior Environmental Technician
  • Soil Field Technician
  • Soil Technician
  • Water Pollution Control Technician


  • 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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 13C nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
  • Aeration pumps
  • Aerobic laboratory scale reactors
  • Air monitoring equipment
  • Air velocity meters
  • Airborne particulate samplers
  • Anaerobic laboratory glove bags
  • Anaerobic laboratory scale reactors
  • Analytical balances
  • Anemometers
  • Argon lasers
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
  • Atomic force microscopes
  • Autoclaves
  • Autotitration systems
  • Bailers
  • Balances
  • Beakers
  • Benchtop nephelometers
  • Benchtop refrigerated centrifuges
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Biological oxidizers
  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Blenders
  • California bearing ratio CBR testing devices
  • Calorimeters
  • Camera-equipped microscopes
  • Carbon analyzers
  • Chemical fume hoods
  • Conductivity meters
  • Dataloggers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dessicator chambers
  • Dichotomous particulate matter samplers
  • Differential mobility analyzers
  • Digester apparatus
  • Digital cameras
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Drop volume tensiometers
  • Dynamic contact angle apparatus
  • Electrophoresis equipment
  • Electrophoresis tanks
  • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers
  • Epifluorescence microscopes
  • Erlenmeyer flasks
  • Fecal coliform constant temperature shaker baths
  • Fermenters
  • Filter press simulators
  • Filtering funnels
  • Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flatbed scanners
  • Flow injection analyzers
  • Flow meters
  • Fluorimeters
  • Fraction collectors
  • Freeze dryers
  • Freezers
  • French presses
  • Funnels
  • Furnaces
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas mass spectroscopes
  • Gel documentation systems
  • Glassware adapters
  • Glassware condensers
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Graduated cylinders
  • Groundwater pumps
  • Groundwater sampling equipment
  • Hazardous material protective clothing
  • Heated environmental chambers
  • Heating mantles
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC with ultraviolet/visible UV/Vis absorbance detectors
  • High-pressure/temperature reactors
  • High-speed centrifuges
  • Hot plate stirrers
  • Incubator shakers
  • Incubators
  • Interferometeric refractormeters
  • Inverted microscopes
  • Ion chromatographs
  • Ion selective electrode ISE meters
  • Laboratory centrifugal pumps
  • Laboratory ovens
  • Laboratory scales
  • Laboratory shakers
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps
  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Laser printers
  • Liquid handling robots
  • Liquid mass spectroscopes
  • Liquid scintillation equipment
  • Low pressure liquid chromatographs with fraction collectors
  • Low pressure reverse osmosis water treatment systems
  • Magnetic stirrers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Mechanical convection ovens
  • Mercury analysis equipment
  • Meters
  • Microcentrifuges
  • Micropipettes
  • Microscope slides
  • Microtox toxicity systems
  • Mixer mills
  • Muffle furnaces
  • Multistage agar impactors
  • Notebook computers
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Ozone bubble contactors
  • Ozone concentration percentage meters
  • Ozone generators
  • Pan balances
  • Particle counters
  • Particle size analyzers
  • Particulate filters
  • Peristaltic pumps
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters
  • Phase contrast microscopes
  • Photometers
  • Plasma spectrometers
  • Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment
  • Potentiostats
  • Proton nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
  • Reciprocating pumps
  • Refrigerated centrifuges
  • Respirators
  • Respirometers
  • Rotavapors
  • Scanning microscopes
  • Scanning probe microscopes SPM
  • Scintillation counters
  • Simultaneous static and dynamic light scattering systems
  • Single particle spectroscopes
  • Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers
  • Soil expansion testers
  • Soil particle size testers
  • Soil permeability testers
  • Soil samplers
  • Soil vapor sampling equipment
  • Specific ion probes
  • Spectrofluorimeters
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Sterilizer chambers
  • Streaming current detectors
  • Supercritical fluid extractors
  • Surface area analyzers
  • Test tubes
  • Thermal conductivity detectors
  • Thermocouples
  • Titrators
  • Titrimeters
  • Total internal reflection fluorescence TIRF microscopes
  • Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
  • Total organic halide analyzers
  • Toxicity analyzers
  • Tracer gas detectors
  • Tractor mounted drill rigs
  • Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Turbidimeters
  • Two-vortex mixers
  • Ultra pure water systems
  • Ultrafiltration cells
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Ultraviolet UV spectrometers
  • Universal fractionators
  • Video microscopes
  • Visible spectrometers
  • Water baths
  • Water distillation units
  • Water level recorders
  • Water quality monitors
  • Water samplers
  • Water sampling pumps
  • Zeta meters
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Air dispersion modeling software
  • ANSYS software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C++
  • Continuous emission management software
  • Database software
  • DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE
  • Ecological risk assessment software
  • Email software
  • eNotebook software
  • Environmental health and safety documentation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Fugitive emission leak detection software
  • GAEA Technologies WinSieve
  • Gas dispersion model software
  • Gel documentation software
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Greenhouse gas management software
  • Hazardous materials management software
  • HEC RAS
  • Hydrologic simulation program fortan HSPF software
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Internet browser software
  • Kubotek CADKEY software
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • LINDO Systems software
  • Maplesoft Maple
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Microscopic image capturing software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Neural network modeling software
  • PerkinElmer Turbochrom
  • Photogrammetric software
  • Presentation software
  • Python
  • Regulatory compliance management software
  • RockWare MODFLOW
  • Rockwell Automation Arena
  • SAS software
  • Scientific Software Group MIGRATE
  • Simulation software
  • Site remediation management software
  • Slam software
  • SofTech CADRA
  • Soil mapping software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Statistical software
  • Stochastic modeling software
  • Stormwater runoff modeling software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Thermal indoor climate simulation software
  • Visual MODFLOW Pro
  • WAM software
  • Waste management software
  • Water flow modeling software
  • Wind flow modeling software
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica
  • Word processing software
  • XP Software XPSWMM


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980