An Environmental Engineer, or Environmental Engineering Specialist, is responsible for using environmental science principles to improve public health, reduce pollution and remove environmental hazards from the community. Their duties include collecting environmental samples and data, performing land assessments and designing systems to safely eliminate waste.
Environmental Engineer Duties and Responsibilities
Depending on your experience, tasks for Environmental Engineers may include:
Land assessments for industrial, commercial or residential sites for environmental impact if someone were to build on that site
Use of specialized equipment to test soil, water and air of a construction area
Improve waste management system design
Reclamation and disposal of air, water and land
Find better solutions for site cleanup on a construction site
Evaluate current systems and design innovative ways to improve or replace the existing systems or processes
Field observation and field sample collections
Investigate, record and compile reports for environmental-related complaints
Pollution-control and waste treatment planning
Develop guidelines for the disposal of hazardous materials
Act as a regulatory arm for a companies compliance with waste disposal and management
Maintenance engineersÂ undertake scheduled and breakdown maintenance of engineering equipment. Maintenance engineers ensure that industrial machinery and equipment runs smoothly and reliably. You may be called out to deal with a breakdown or inspect equipment as part of a maintenance schedule.