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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.

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

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Written Comprehension

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

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    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.

    • 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.

    • Mathematics

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $92,490/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $44.47/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,220
    • Yearly Projected Openings 90
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Sample oxidizer
    • Photometers
    • Mass spectrometers
    • Core drills
    • Air velocity and temperature monitors
    Technology
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Map creation software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Compliance software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.