Environmental Engineering Technician Career

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Environmental Engineering Technician

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Civil Engineering Technicians

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Environmental Engineering Technician earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $54,589

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $52,011

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with environmental engineers and scientists to implement strategies to protect the environment and mitigate environmental pollution. Addresses hazardous waste disposal, air quality and ground water treatment; conducts lab and field research, monitors compliance with environmental regulations.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina15+12.2%
Nationwide485+12.4%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Environmental Engineering Technician is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.
  • Writing: Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Environmental Engineering: Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the application of scientific and engineering principles for protection of human populations from the effects of adverse environmental factors; protection of environments, both local and global, from potentially deleterious effects of natural and human activities; and improvement of environmental quality.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Air Permitting: Air permit is a legal document that lists what your business must do in order to comply with the state and federal air pollution laws.
  • Repair: Restoration of a broken, damaged, or failed device, equipment, part, or property to an acceptable operating or usable condition or state.
  • Calculation: A calculation is a deliberate process that transforms one or more inputs into one or more results, with variable change.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Environmental Engineering Technician that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Air Quality Regulations: Air quality regulations address the toxicity and quantity of air pollutants that directly or indirectly enter the atmosphere.
  • Water Quality: Water quality refers to the chemical, physical, biological, and radiological characteristics of water.
  • Spill Prevention, Control, And Countermeasure (SPCC): Working experience of Spill Prevention, Control, And Countermeasure (SPCC). EPA s oil spill prevention program includes the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rules. The SPCC Rule applies to all facilities that store, handle, process, gather, transfer, refine, distribute, use or consume oil or oil products.
  • Air Quality Control: Air quality management refers to all the activities a regulatory authority undertakes to help protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of air pollution.
  • Sedimentation Control: Working experience of Sedimentation Control, which is a practice or device designed to keep eroded soil on a construction site, so that it does not wash off and cause water pollution to a nearby stream, river, lake, or sea. Sediment controls are generally designed to be temporary measures, however, some can be used for storm water management purposes.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA): Working experience of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which is a California statute passed in 1970, shortly after the United States federal government passed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to institute a statewide policy of environmental protection.
  • Hydrologic Modeling: Working experience of Hydrologic Modeling. A hydrologic model is a simplification of a real-world system (e.g., surface water, soil water, wetland, groundwater, estuary) that aids in understanding, predicting, and managing water resources. Both the flow and quality of water are commonly studied using hydrologic models.
  • Environmental Compliance Audits: Working experience of Environmental Compliance Audits. EPA has developed this audit protocol to provide regulated entities with specific guidance in periodically evaluating their compliance with federal environmental requirements.
  • Climate Change: Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years).
  • Emissions Inventories: An emission inventory is an accounting of the amount of pollutants discharged into the atmosphere.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree75%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree8%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years39%
3 to 5 years38%
6 to 8 years12%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Air Quality Control Engineer
  • Survey Technician
  • Senior Air Quality Control Engineer
  • Roadway Programs Technician
  • Technician I - Air

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