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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

    • Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills.
    • Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies.
    • Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances, such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater.
    • Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs.
    • Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
    • Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment.
    • Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies.
    • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials.
    • Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems.
    • Assess the ability of environments to naturally remove or reduce conventional or emerging contaminants from air, water, or soil.
    • 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.
    • Prepare permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits.
    • Review work plans to schedule activities.
    • Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants.
    • Oversee support staff.
    • Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment.
    • Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.
    • Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Mathematics

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

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 51440/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 24.73/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 370
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40

    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

    • Water samplers
    • Water analyzers
    • Reactors or fermenters or digesters
    • Electrophoresis system accessories
    • Air samplers or collectors

    Technology

    • Map creation software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Compliance software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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