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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
Hoover 90 $59,320
Birmingham 90 $59,320
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 70 $57,510
Fairbanks 40 $61,020
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 60 $39,300
Mesa 60 $39,300
Phoenix 60 $39,300
Tucson N/A $52,660
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway N/A $37,790
North Little Rock N/A $37,790
Little Rock N/A $37,790
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 570 $60,690
Long Beach 570 $60,690
Los Angeles 570 $60,690
San Francisco 310 $66,920
Oakland 310 $66,920
Hayward 310 $66,920
Santa Clara 190 $74,680
Sunnyvale 190 $74,680
San Jose 190 $74,680
San Diego 140 $67,530
Carlsbad 140 $67,530
San Bernardino 120 $65,480
Ontario 120 $65,480
Riverside 120 $65,480
Stockton 100 $42,790
Lodi 100 $42,790
Roseville 80 $54,740
Arcade 80 $54,740
Arden 80 $54,740
Sacramento 80 $54,740
Bakersfield 60 $42,130
Fresno 60 $43,100
Oxnard 50 $46,380
Ventura 50 $46,380
Thousand Oaks 50 $46,380
Vallejo 50 $55,390
Fairfield 50 $55,390
Santa Rosa N/A $45,660
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Collins 30 $41,180
Lakewood N/A $57,100
Denver N/A $57,100
Aurora N/A $57,100
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 70 $47,320
East Hartford 60 $48,770
West Hartford 60 $48,770
Hartford 60 $48,770
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Petersburg 150 $50,710
Clearwater 150 $50,710
Tampa 150 $50,710
West Palm Beach 140 $36,790
Miami 140 $36,790
Fort Lauderdale 140 $36,790
Sanford 90 $36,520
Orlando 90 $36,520
Kissimmee 90 $36,520
Gainesville 30 $36,060
Winter Haven N/A $33,870
Lakeland N/A $33,870
Jacksonville N/A $38,100
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 470 $44,810
Sandy Springs 470 $44,810
Atlanta 470 $44,810
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria N/A $22,470
Urbana N/A $55,300
Champaign N/A $55,300
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 110 $50,110
Carmel 110 $50,110
Indianapolis 110 $50,110
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 110 $23,780
Metairie 110 $23,780
Baton Rouge 100 $46,710
Lafayette 60 $40,490
Thibodaux 50 $42,980
Houma 50 $42,980
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 200 $63,910
Columbia 200 $63,910
Baltimore 200 $63,910
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 180 $45,660
Warren 180 $45,660
Detroit 180 $45,660
Wyoming 60 $52,190
Grand Rapids 60 $52,190
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson N/A $34,460
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 40 $49,090
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 90 $47,270
Henderson 90 $47,270
Las Vegas 90 $47,270
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 100 $39,820
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 80 $46,280
Troy 80 $46,280
Schenectady 80 $46,280
Syracuse 70 $35,500
Rochester 60 $47,310
Buffalo N/A $40,740
Cheektowaga N/A $40,740
Niagara Falls N/A $40,740
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 80 $54,380
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 70 $54,550
Elyria 60 $56,790
Cleveland 60 $56,790
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 120 $27,730
Tulsa 50 $40,130
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 320 $47,320
Reading 90 N/A
Harrisburg 70 $50,340
Carlisle 70 $50,340
State College 40 $37,200
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 90 $27,980
Carolina 90 $27,980
San Juan 90 $27,980
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 60 $42,000
Mauldin N/A $38,410
Anderson N/A $38,410
Greenville N/A $38,410
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 410 $44,540
Franklin 410 $44,540
Davidson 410 $44,540
Nashville 410 $44,540
Knoxville 230 $50,620
Johnson City 40 $54,530
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 220 $68,290
Dallas 220 $68,290
Arlington 220 $68,290
Round Rock 150 $52,310
Austin 150 $52,310
The Woodlands 140 $70,390
Houston 140 $70,390
Sugar Land 140 $70,390
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 140 $41,120
Clearfield N/A $42,740
Ogden N/A $42,740
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 50 $37,990
Burlington 50 $37,990
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 110 $53,700
Radford N/A $46,940
Christiansburg N/A $46,940
Blacksburg N/A $46,940
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 190 $52,350
Tacoma 190 $52,350
Seattle 190 $52,350
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 50 $45,480
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 80 $56,170
Waukesha 80 $56,170
Milwaukee 80 $56,170

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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