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Environmental Engineering Technicians

Environmental engineering technicians are involved in the development of methods and devices which are used to prevent, control or fix environmental hazards. An environmental engineering technician surveys the effects pollution has on the environment and produces informative charts and graphs with the data.

They also inspect and maintain equipment related to air pollution and recycling. Some environmental engineering technicians inspect water and wastewater treatment systems. An environmental engineering technician may monitor compliance with environmental regulations regarding lead, asbestos and other substances.

Environmental engineering technicians inspect, test, operate and decontaminate various types of equipment utilized to control and remediate environmental pollution. These technicians also perform pollution surveys and collect and analyze samples.

Some common job titles are environmental specialist, industrial waste inspector, environmental technician, environmental field technician and environmental engineering assistant.

Responsibilities

  • Set up, test and decontaminate equipment
  • Examine technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements
  • Test samples in laboratories
  • Order lab equipment and materials
  • Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing various substances
  • Assist environmental engineers develop environmental remediation devices
  • Arrange for the safe disposal of hazardous materials
  • Perform pollution surveys, collecting and analyzing samples

Job Characteristics

Environmental engineering technicians work 40 hours per week in offices, laboratories or industrial facilities. Some technicians may be required to travel. Engineering technicians are usually part of a team, thus the ability to work well with others and good communications skills are important.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 25% employment growth for environmental engineering technicians from 2006 to 2016 which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these technicians will occur due to increasing public health concerns resulting from population growth and an increasing emphasis on preventing problems rather than controlling existing problems. In addition, the median annual earnings for environmental engineering technicians in 2008 was $41,100.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most environmental engineering technicians have earned an associate degree in environmental engineering technology, hazardous materials information systems technology or environmental technology. Educational programs are provided by vocational schools, technical institutes and community colleges.

Technical institutes usually offer a lot of technical training through application and practice, however they usually offer less general education and theory than community colleges. A number of colleges offer bachelor's degrees in engineering technology, however graduates of these programs are often employed as technologists or applied engineers and not as technicians.

Many private and public schools offer technical training and the type and quality of training varies significantly. Students may want to ask perspective employers for their school preferences. Students should also ask a school representative about the types of jobs graduates have obtained.

Employers usually don't require engineering technicians to be certified, however, individuals with certification may have a competitive advantage. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies provides certification programs for several engineering technology specialties.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary employment sectors are architectural, engineering and related services; management, scientific and technical consulting services; remediation and other waste management services, water treatment and disposal; and scientific research and development services.

Schools for Environmental Engineering Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Environmental Engineering Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Environmental Engineering Technicians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mobile 40 $46,600
Hoover -2222 $46,360
Birmingham -2222 $46,360
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 100 $57,750
Fairbanks 40 $59,880
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 80 $47,970
Mesa 80 $47,970
Phoenix 80 $47,970
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 130 $37,720
North Little Rock 130 $37,720
Little Rock 130 $37,720
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hayward 540 $59,730
Oakland 540 $59,730
San Francisco 540 $59,730
Anaheim 500 $62,590
Long Beach 500 $62,590
Los Angeles 500 $62,590
San Bernardino 290 $59,490
Ontario 290 $59,490
Riverside 290 $59,490
San Diego 290 $63,160
Carlsbad 290 $63,160
Sunnyvale 220 $71,930
Santa Clara 220 $71,930
San Jose 220 $71,930
Arcade 140 $46,480
Arden 140 $46,480
Roseville 140 $46,480
Sacramento 140 $46,480
Lodi 70 $44,810
Stockton 70 $44,810
Bakersfield 60 $42,650
Vallejo 60 $57,160
Fairfield 60 $57,160
Santa Rosa 50 $54,990
Arroyo Grande 30 $-1,111
Paso Robles 30 $-1,111
San Luis Obispo 30 $-1,111
Oxnard 30 $49,680
Ventura 30 $49,680
Thousand Oaks 30 $49,680
Modesto 30 $56,270
Fresno -2222 $42,860
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 150 $54,890
Aurora 150 $54,890
Denver 150 $54,890
Boulder 40 $58,500
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 70 $49,530
East Hartford 40 $55,000
West Hartford 40 $55,000
Hartford 40 $55,000
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 100 $34,250
Miami 100 $34,250
West Palm Beach 100 $34,250
Gainesville 40 $37,200
Lakeland -2222 $34,050
Winter Haven -2222 $34,050
Kissimmee -2222 $38,400
Sanford -2222 $38,400
Orlando -2222 $38,400
Jacksonville -2222 $38,460
Clearwater -2222 $47,800
Tampa -2222 $47,800
St. Petersburg -2222 $47,800
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 510 $38,040
Sandy Springs 510 $38,040
Atlanta 510 $38,040
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urbana -2222 $54,480
Champaign -2222 $54,480
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 170 $45,200
Carmel 170 $45,200
Indianapolis 170 $45,200
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 60 $65,070
Des Moines 60 $65,070
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 150 $50,340
Metairie 120 $24,460
New Orleans 120 $24,460
Lafayette 40 $39,780
Thibodaux -2222 $48,580
Houma -2222 $48,580
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 310 $57,620
Columbia 310 $57,620
Baltimore 310 $57,620
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 130 $46,230
Warren 130 $46,230
Detroit 130 $46,230
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 50 $34,610
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 50 $36,880
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 40 $69,870
Henderson 40 $69,870
Las Vegas 40 $69,870
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 30 $44,220
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 60 $45,860
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 90 $35,210
Albany 90 $46,570
Troy 90 $46,570
Schenectady 90 $46,570
Syracuse 80 $45,670
Buffalo -2222 $39,210
Cheektowaga -2222 $39,210
Niagara Falls -2222 $39,210
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 120 $52,230
Wilmington 40 $44,660
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 50 $56,250
Elyria 50 $56,250
Columbus -2222 $54,400
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 180 $37,880
Tulsa 110 $37,220
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 290 $46,750
State College 70 $34,970
Reading 30 $-1,111
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 60 $30,920
Carolina 60 $30,920
San Juan 60 $30,920
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 60 $38,930
Mauldin -2222 $36,300
Greenville -2222 $36,300
Anderson -2222 $36,300
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 200 $56,440
Franklin -2222 $38,540
Murfreesboro -2222 $38,540
Davidson -2222 $38,540
Nashville -2222 $38,540
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 190 $69,510
Dallas 190 $69,510
Arlington 190 $69,510
Sugar Land 160 $57,770
Houston 160 $57,770
The Woodlands 160 $57,770
Round Rock 140 $56,390
Austin 140 $56,390
New Braunfels -2222 $44,690
San Antonio -2222 $44,690
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 170 $47,990
Clearfield 40 $45,060
Ogden 40 $45,060
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 30 $40,320
Burlington 30 $40,320
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 100 $55,900
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 220 $64,100
Tacoma 220 $64,100
Seattle 220 $64,100
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 40 $48,210
Waukesha 40 $48,210
Milwaukee 40 $48,210

Most Popular Industries for :
Environmental Engineering Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 11,680 58% $39,010
Government 3,550 17% $45,770
Waste Management 1,940 9% $36,760
Office Services And Staffing 530 2% $44,820
Chemicals 390 1% $47,390
Business Management 290 1% $41,710
Mining 230 1% $46,350
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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