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Working As An Environmental Remediation Engineer

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Remediation Engineer Do

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control. They also address global issues, such as unsafe drinking water, climate change, and environmental sustainability.

Duties

Environmental engineers typically do the following:

  • Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation reports
  • Design projects that lead to environmental protection, such as water reclamation facilities, air pollution control systems, and operations that convert waste to energy
  • Obtain, update, and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation projects and for legal actions
  • Analyze scientific data and do quality-control checks
  • Monitor the progress of environmental improvement programs
  • Inspect industrial and municipal facilities and programs in order to ensure compliance with environmental regulations
  • Advise corporations and government agencies about procedures for cleaning up contaminated sites

Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of a hazard and advise on treating and containing it. They also design systems for municipal and industrial water supplies and industrial wastewater treatment, and research the environmental impact of proposed construction projects. Environmental engineers in government develop regulations to prevent mishaps.

Some environmental engineers study ways to minimize the effects of acid rain, climate change, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They also collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, and other engineers, as well as with specialists such as experts in law and business, to address environmental problems and environmental sustainability. For more information, see the job profiles on environmental scientists and specialists, hazardous materials removal workers, lawyers, and urban and regional planners.

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How To Become An Environmental Remediation Engineer

Environmental engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or a related field, such as civil, chemical, or general engineering. Employers also value practical experience. Therefore, cooperative engineering programs, in which college credit is awarded for structured job experience, are valuable as well.

Education

Entry-level environmental engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

At some colleges and universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some colleges and universities or to do research and development, and some employers prefer candidates to have a master’s degree.

Students interested in becoming an environmental engineer should take high school courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have graduated from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary for a person to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Imagination. Environmental engineers sometimes have to design systems that will be part of larger ones. They must be able to foresee how the proposed designs will interact with other components of the larger system, including the workers, machinery, and equipment, as well as with the environment.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental engineers must be able to work with others toward a common goal. They usually work with engineers and scientists who design other systems and with the technicians and mechanics who put the designs into practice.

Problem-solving skills. When designing facilities and processes, environmental engineers strive to solve several issues at once, from workers’ safety to environmental protection. They must be able to identify and anticipate problems in order to prevent losses for their employers, safeguard workers’ health, and mitigate environmental damage.

Reading skills. Environmental engineers often work with businesspeople, lawyers, and other professionals outside their field. They frequently are required to read and understand documents with topics outside their scope of training.

Writing skills. Environmental engineers must be able to write clearly so that others without their specific training can understand their plans, proposals, specifications, findings, and other documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an environmental engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require continuing education in order for engineers to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own requirements.

After licensing, environmental engineers can earn board certification from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. This certification shows that an environmental engineer has expertise in one or more areas of specialization.

Advancement

As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects and they have greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Eventually, environmental engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians.

Some may even become engineering managers or move into executive positions, such as program managers. However, before assuming a managerial position, an engineer most often works under the supervision of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$58,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Xerox
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does an Environmental Remediation Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Environmental Remediation Engineer in the United States is $85,931 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

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Top Skills for An Environmental Remediation Engineer

  1. Itsm
  2. ARS
  3. BMC
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  • Integrated ITSM with LDAP for User accounts creation, and modification as part of migration to ITSM 7.
  • Executed data migration of over 5 remote organizational sites each using their own ARS server into one single ARS system.
  • Developed three-part user training guides for the Advanced and Customer Search and Reporting features of the BMC Remedy Incident Management application.
  • Key Achievements: Worked on BMC Remedy ITSM and Service Now - SMAS (Service management automation support) release project.
  • Traced verification and validation data to design inputs within the DHF architecture.

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Top 10 Best States for Environmental Remediation Engineers

  1. Alaska
  2. Louisiana
  3. Idaho
  4. South Dakota
  5. Washington
  6. Nebraska
  7. California
  8. Texas
  9. District of Columbia
  10. New Hampshire
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Environmental Remediation Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

22.4%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Asian

12.6%

Black or African American

12.3%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Russian

20.0%

Arabic

20.0%

Korean

20.0%
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Environmental Remediation Engineer Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

14.3%

University of California - Irvine

7.1%

University of Texas at Austin

7.1%

Texas A&M University

7.1%

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

7.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

7.1%

Syracuse University

3.6%

New Jersey City University

3.6%

Thomas Nelson Community College

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

DeVry University-Arizona

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Lewis and Clark Community College

3.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%

Northwestern University

3.6%

Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

North Carolina State University

3.6%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

16.0%

Environmental Engineering

16.0%

Chemical Engineering

10.0%

Computer Information Systems

8.0%

Business

8.0%

Petroleum Engineering

6.0%

Information Technology

4.0%

Biomedical Engineering

4.0%

Industrial Engineering

4.0%

Engineering

4.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.0%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Geology

2.0%

Computer Science

2.0%

Military Technology

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Materials Sciences

2.0%

Biological Engineering

2.0%

Chemistry

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.1%

Masters

28.1%

Other

10.5%

Doctorate

5.3%
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