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Environmental Engineering Technologist/Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians Career Video

About This Career

Applies 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.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Service Systems pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Maintains project logbook records or computer program files.
  • Records laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.
  • Performs environmental quality work in field or office settings.
  • Produces environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.
  • Collects and analyzes pollution samples, such as air or ground water.
  • Decontaminates or tests field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.
  • Prepares and packages environmental samples for shipping or testing.
  • Maintains process parameters and evaluates process anomalies.
  • Reviews technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
  • Receives, sets up, tests, or decontaminates equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Air Quality Instrument Specialist
  • Engineer Technician
  • Environmental Engineering Assistant
  • Environmental Field Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Haz Tech (Hazardous Technician)


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