Environmental Engineer

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Environmental Engineers


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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.
  • Design or supervise the design of systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality. 
  • Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment. 
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems. 
  • Obtain, update, or maintain plans, permits, or standard operating procedures. 
  • Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements. 
  • 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. 
  • Advise industries or government agencies about environmental policies and standards. 
  • Direct installation or operation of environmental monitoring devices or supervise related data collection programs. 
  • 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. 
  • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration. 
  • Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, or planning or reviewing database development. 
  • Inform company employees or other interested parties of environmental issues. 
  • Develop or present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions. 
  • Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, or performing other general administrative duties. 
  • Assess, sort, characterize, or pack known or unknown materials. 
  • Analytical or scientific software — DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE; RockWare MODFLOW; The MathWorks MATLAB ; XP Software XPSWMM
  • Compliance software — Greenhouse gas management software; Hazardous materials management HMS software; Material safety data sheet MSDS software; Regulatory compliance management software
  • Computer aided design CAD software  — Autodesk AutoCAD  ; Bentley Microstation  ; Computer aided design and drafting software CADD; SofTech CADRA
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access
  • Development environment software — Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Photogrammetric software
  • Industrial control software — Fugitive emission leak detection software
  • Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software  ; ESRI ArcView; Geomechanical design analysis GDA software; Oil mapping software
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++  ; Python 
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint 
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project 
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel 
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Wor
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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