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Environmental Engineering Technology

          Environmental Engineering Technology

What Do Environmental Engineering Technology Graduates Do? Are you interested in the dynamic relationship between human activity and the environment?

Are you passionate about improving public health, increasing biodiversity, and restoring our natural resources?

Do you want to work in a rewarding field where you can put your knowledge and skills to use in order to assess, manage, and prevent critical environmental concerns such as waste disposal, recycling, and climate change?

As an Environmental Engineering Technology graduate, you can apply engineering principles and technical skills to real-life situations, performing exciting hands-on activities to preserve our planet and ultimately help generations to come

Environmental Engineering Technology Graduates

  • Work closely with environmental engineers and scientists to develop methods and devices used in the prevention, control, or correction of environmental hazards.
  • Inspect and maintain equipment affecting air pollution, recycling, and wastewater treatment systems to ensure that pollution control requirements are met.
  • Prepare, test, operate, and modify structures, equipment, and systems used to prevent or mitigate sources of environmental pollution.
  • Conduct pollution surveys to collect and analyze samples such as air and ground water.
  • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, and other hazardous materials.

Major Scientific Breakthroughs in Environmental Engineering Technology

  • Sewers: Sewer systems transport large amounts of waste away from populated areas, preventing deadly outbreaks of disease.
  • Bioswales: Bioswales cool water that has heated up while traveling across pavement before it reaches natural bodies of water, where warmer water could harm wildlife.
  • Hybrid-electric vehicles: Hybrid cars use combustion engines and electric motors in order to yield better gas mileage than standard cars, leading to major gains in fuel efficiency.
  • Ecosan (ecological sanitation) systems: These systems include various designs of environmentally-friendly toilets that generally require little or no water, while isolating waste to prevent odor and disease.
  • Agroforestry: Agroforestry, or the simultaneous management of trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock for more efficient and environmentally-sustainable land use, increases product diversity, agricultural production, and soil and water quality.

Areas of Employment

  • Environmental or safety management
    • Wastewater treatment systems
    • Watershed protection
    • Environmental health and safety
    • Air and water pollution control and evaluation
    • Environmental regulatory compliance
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Testing labs
  • Government agencies
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Recreation
  • Environmental consultant
  • Sustainability manager
  • Park naturalist
  • Hazardous waste technologist

Career Guidance Suggestions for Pre-University Students

Coursework to Consider:
  • Pre-algebra
  • Geometry
  • Advanced algebra
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Geoscience
  • Biology
  • Hydrology
  • Physics
  • Project management
  • Environmental law
  • Surveying
  • Statistics
  • Robotics
  • Programming
Suggested Extracurricular Activities:
  • Competitions
  • Summer programs
  • Afterschool programs
  • Clubs
  • Internships
  • Online puzzles and games
  • Online courses
  • Maker faires
  • Design projects
Local Programs Offered by:
  • Science centers and museums
  • Professional societies like IEEE
  • Universities
Important Skills:
  • Observational skills: inspect facilities and evaluate situations onsite to ensure compliance with important codes and regulations.
  • Communication skills: listen well and report back to group or team leader, when necessary.
  • Interpersonal skills: work in teams with other technicians, engineers, and scientists to develop and execute plans as smoothly as possible.
  • Critical thinking skills: be able to think critically and logically in order to identify problems and implement solutions in a timely manner.
  • Reading skills: read and understand legal and technical documents to ensure that regulatory requirements are met.
  • Research skills: collect surveys, evaluate samples, and measure data for the development and implementation of systems.
  • Detail-oriented: review technical documents to check for completeness and accuracy.

Engineering Majors

More than 25 major specialties are recognized in the fields of engineering and engineering technology. Select a degree field from the list below to find out more:


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