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Working As An Environmental Engineering Technician

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Engineering Technician Do

Environmental engineering technicians carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop.

Duties

Environmental engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Set up, test, operate, and modify equipment used to prevent or clean up environmental pollution
  • Maintain project records and computer program files
  • Conduct pollution surveys, for which they collect and analyze samples such as air and ground water
  • Perform indoor and outdoor work on environmental quality
  • Work to mitigate sources of environmental pollution
  • Review technical documents to ensure their completeness and conformance to requirements
  • Review work plans to schedule activities
  • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, and other hazardous materials

In laboratories, environmental engineering technicians record observations, test results, and document photographs. To keep laboratories supplied, they also may gather product information, identify vendors and suppliers, and order materials and equipment.

Environmental engineering technicians help environmental engineers develop devices used to clean up environmental pollution. They also inspect facilities for compliance with the regulations that govern substances such as asbestos, lead, and wastewater.

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How To Become An Environmental Engineering Technician

Environmental engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental engineering technology or a related field.

Education

Environmental engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental engineering technology or a related field. Programs in environmental engineering technology generally include courses in mathematics, chemistry, hazardous waste management, and environmental assessment, among others.  

Programs can be found in vocational-technical schools and community colleges. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in vocational-technical schools but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some environmental engineering technicians enter the occupation with a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, such as biology or chemistry.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs at the associate’s level and above.

Prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. When working on teams, environmental engineering technicians must be able to listen well and report back to their group or team leader.

Critical-thinking skills. Environmental engineers rely on environmental engineering technicians to help identify problems and solutions and to implement the engineers’ plans. To do these tasks, technicians must be able to think critically and logically.

Observational skills. Environmental engineering technicians are the eyes and ears of environmental engineers and must assume responsibility for properly evaluating situations onsite. These technicians must be able to recognize problems so that the environmental engineers are informed as quickly as possible.

Reading skills. Environmental engineering technicians must be able to read and understand legal and technical documents in order to ensure that regulatory requirements are being met.

Advancement

Environmental engineering technicians usually begin work as trainees in entry-level positions supervised by an environmental engineer or a more experienced technician. As they gain experience, technicians take on more responsibility and carry out assignments under general supervision. Some eventually enter positions as senior environmental technicians or lead environmental technicians, who function as supervisors when onsite.

Technicians with a bachelor’s degree often are able to advance to become environmental engineers.

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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$131,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ConocoPhillips
Highest Paying City
Saint Paul, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does an Environmental Engineering Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Environmental Engineering Technician in the United States is $79,853 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $131,000.

Real Environmental Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Environmental Engineer/Technical Manager All4, Inc. Sugar Land, TX May 16, 2016 $95,000 -
$140,000
Product Environmental Mgmt Engineer-Technical Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 04, 2015 $82,100 -
$99,800
Environmental Engineering Technicians Conocophillips Company Farmington, NM May 18, 2009 $80,004 -
$86,952
Environmental Engineering Technicians Conocophillips Company Elk City, OK Dec 06, 2010 $80,004 -
$86,952
Environmental Engineering Tech. American Ecotech L.C. Warren, RI Jan 02, 2010 $72,500
Environmental Engineering Technicians Armstrong World Industries, Inc. Aberdeen, MD Apr 23, 2013 $72,259
Environmental Engineering Technician American Ecotech L.C. Warren, RI Jan 02, 2012 $67,500
Environmental Engineering Technician Amgreen Solutions, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 25, 2016 $64,376
Environmental Engineering Technicians Rummel Klepper & Kahl LLP Fairfax, VA Feb 20, 2014 $61,298
Environmental Engineering Technicians TRW Automotive Inc. Lafayette, IN Apr 24, 2013 $59,155 -
$85,000
Environmental Engineering Technician MKA, Inc. Edmond, OK Nov 11, 2011 $57,393
Environmental Engineering Technician Wesco Technologies, Inc. Islandia, NY Jul 29, 2015 $56,410
Environmental Engineering Technician MIG Consulting, LLC Highland Park, NJ Jun 21, 2016 $54,080
Environmental Engineering Technician Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. Wilmington, NC Oct 01, 2010 $51,730
Environmental Engineering Technicians Loureiro Engineering Associates Plainville, CT Jun 25, 2010 $46,821
Environmental Engineering Technician Wesco Technologies Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 13, 2015 $45,000 -
$65,000
Environmental Engineering Technician Howard University Washington, DC Feb 23, 2011 $45,000
Environmental Engineering Technician Wesco Technologies Inc. Islandia, NY Dec 14, 2015 $45,000 -
$60,000
Environmental Engineering Technician Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. Wilmington, NC Jun 01, 2010 $43,265 -
$51,730
Environmental Engineering Technician Batta Laboratories, Inc. Newark, DE Oct 01, 2009 $42,303
Environmental Engineering Technicians Impact Environmental Consulting, Inc. Bohemia, NY Oct 02, 2012 $42,000
Environmental Engineering Technician Impact Enviornmental Consulting, Inc. Bohemia, NY Apr 17, 2012 $42,000
Environmental Engineering Technician Southern Global Safety Services, Inc. Alvin, TX Oct 01, 2012 $41,740
Environmental Engineering Technician Southern Global Safety Services, Inc. Alvin, TX Sep 25, 2012 $41,600 -
$45,270
Environmental Engineering Technician Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA Jul 22, 2013 $40,000
Environmental Engineering Technician Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA Jul 22, 2014 $40,000

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Top Skills for An Environmental Engineering Technician

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Test Cases
  3. Hazardous Materials
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administered proper abatement procedures for hazardous materials and ensured environment safety during all stages of the construction process.
  • Maintained government documentation to comply with environmental regulatory requirements, such as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Developed successful relationships with all levels of facility personnel from senior environmental management to union maintenance personnel.
  • Provided sample collection of surface and groundwater samples.
  • Customized and automated AutoCAD menus, profiles and command structures for improving work productivity.

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Top 10 Best States for Environmental Engineering Technicians

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Washington
  3. Oregon
  4. Wyoming
  5. Colorado
  6. Alaska
  7. Nevada
  8. South Carolina
  9. Maine
  10. New Hampshire
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Environmental Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

63.0%

Female

26.8%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

65.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

88.9%

Tagalog

11.1%

Environmental Engineering Technician Education

Schools

Arizona State University

6.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.4%

University of Phoenix

6.4%

University of Arizona

6.4%

Northern Illinois University

6.4%

Cleveland State University

6.4%

University of Florida

4.3%

Northwest College

4.3%

University of South Florida

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

University of Kentucky

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

State University of New York College at Brockport

4.3%

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

4.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.3%

Columbia Southern University

4.3%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.3%

West Virginia State University

4.3%

Siena College

4.3%
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Majors

Environmental Science

19.2%

Business

9.6%

Civil Engineering

9.0%

Environmental Engineering

8.3%

Geology

5.8%

Chemical Engineering

5.8%

Engineering

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Engineering Technology

3.2%

Drafting And Design

3.2%

Biology

3.2%

Chemistry

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Natural Resources Management

2.6%

Biological Engineering

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Public Health

1.9%

Graphic Communications

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.0%

Masters

18.3%

Other

14.8%

Associate

13.5%

Certificate

4.4%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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