Researches, designs, plans, or performs 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Service Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Designs, or supervises the design of, systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
- Collaborates with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
- Advises corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
- Obtains, updates, or maintains plans, permits, or standard operating procedures.
- Serves as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.
- Provides technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
- Prepares, reviews, or updates environmental investigation or recommendation reports.
- Develops site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
- Inspects industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
- Provides assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.