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Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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 scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    Knowledge

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • Philosophy and Theology

      Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 47490/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.83/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 700
    • Yearly Projected Openings 70

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Air pumps
    • Air samplers or collectors
    • Air velocity and temperature monitors
    • Analytical balances
    • Anemometers
    • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
    • Bench refractometers or polarimeters
    • Benchtop centrifuges
    • Bi distillation units
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Calorimeters
    • Chemical absorption gas analyzers
    • Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers
    • Chemistry analyzers
    • Chromatographic detectors
    • Conductivity meters
    • Darkfield microscopes
    • Density gradient fractionators
    • Desktop computers
    • Dewatering equipment
    • Digital cameras
    • Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers
    • Dissolved oxygen meters
    • Dropping pipettes
    • Electronic counters
    • Electrophoresis system accessories
    • Extracting equipment for laboratories
    • Filtering machinery
    • Flame ionization analyzers
    • Flow injection analysis equipment
    • Flowmeters
    • Fluorescent microscopes
    • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
    • Freeze dryers or lyopholizers
    • French pressure cells
    • Fume hoods or cupboards
    • Gas chromatographs
    • Gel documentation systems
    • Global positioning system GPS receiver
    • HEPA filtered enclosures
    • Hazardous material protective apparel
    • Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers
    • Heating mantles or tapes
    • Heating or drying equipment or accessories
    • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
    • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
    • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers
    • Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
    • Inverted microscopes
    • Ion chromatographs
    • Ion selective electrode
    • Ion selective electrode ISE meters
    • Isolation glove boxes
    • Laboratory adapters or connectors or fittings
    • Laboratory bailers
    • Laboratory balances
    • Laboratory beakers
    • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
    • Laboratory box furnaces
    • Laboratory centrifugal pumps
    • Laboratory flasks
    • Laboratory funnels
    • Laboratory graduated cylinders
    • Laboratory heat exchange condensers
    • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
    • Laboratory mixers
    • Laboratory safety furnaces
    • Laboratory vacuum pumps
    • Laminar flow cabinets or stations
    • Land drilling rigs
    • Laser printers
    • Lasers
    • Leak testing equipment
    • Light scattering equipment
    • Liquid scintillation counters
    • Magnetic stirrers
    • Mainframe computers
    • Mass spectrometers
    • Microcentrifuges
    • Microplate readers
    • Microscope slides
    • Multipurpose or general test tubes
    • Nephelometers
    • Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
    • Notebook computers
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
    • Open stream water level recorders
    • Optical diffraction apparatus
    • Orbital shakers
    • Orbital shaking water baths
    • Organic carbon analyzers
    • Ozone analyzers
    • Ozone generator
    • Particle size measuring apparatus
    • Penetrometers
    • Peristaltic pumps
    • Permeability testing apparatus
    • Personal computers
    • Photo attachments for microscopes
    • Photometer
    • Portable data input terminals
    • Potentiometers
    • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products
    • Reactors or fermenters or digesters
    • Reciprocating pumps
    • Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
    • Respirators
    • Reverse osmosis equipment
    • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
    • Sample oxidizer
    • Scanners
    • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes
    • Scanning probe microscopes
    • Shaking incubators
    • Soil core sampling apparatus
    • Soil testing kits
    • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
    • Spectrometers
    • Spectrophotometers
    • Standard fermentation units
    • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
    • Sterilization cabinets
    • Stirring hotplates
    • Surface tension measuring instruments
    • Thermal conductivity analyzers
    • Thermocouples
    • Titration equipment
    • Transmission electron microscopes
    • Turbidimeters
    • Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers
    • Ultra pure water systems
    • Ultrafiltration equipment
    • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
    • Vacuum or rotary evaporators
    • Video attachments for microscopes
    • Vortex mixers
    • Water analyzers
    • Water baths
    • Water meters
    • Water samplers
    • pH meters

    Technology

    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Categorization or classification software
    • Compliance software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Development environment software
    • Document management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Geographic information system
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Industrial control software
    • Internet browser software
    • Map creation software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Office suite software
    • Presentation software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Word processing software
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