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Become An Environmental Technician

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Working As An Environmental Technician

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • $55,910

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental 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 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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Real Environmental Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Environmental Management Technical Special Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Jun 16, 2014 $81,100 -
$97,300
Tech Prof 3-Environmental AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 26, 2013 $63,000 -
$73,000
Safety/Environmental Technician Georgia-Pacific Wood Products, LLC Phillips, WI May 01, 2012 $54,200 -
$75,000
Environmental Technician ABMN Batesville Inc. Batesville, IN Jan 08, 2010 $47,840
Environmental Technician ABMN Batesville Inc. Batesville, IN Dec 23, 2008 $47,840
Environmental Technician Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLP Fairfax, VA Aug 31, 2014 $46,394
Environmental Technician America Science Team New York Inc. New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $44,500
Environmental Technician Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLP Fairfax, VA Oct 01, 2011 $41,072
Environmental Technician G. C. Environmental, Inc. Bay Shore, NY Oct 01, 2014 $41,018
Environmental Technician Bordentown Hotels, Inc. Bordentown, NJ Sep 02, 2016 $39,978
Environmental Technician-ECO ABMN Batesville, Inc. Batesville, IN Sep 29, 2011 $33,222
Environmental Technician G. C. Environmental, Inc. Bay Shore, NY Oct 01, 2011 $33,079

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Top Skills for An Environmental Technician

EnvironmentalComplianceLabAnalysisSafetyProceduresNon-HazardousWasteFacilityEmergencyResponseActivitiesHazardousMaterialsGroundwaterSamplesEPAAsbestosOshaWaterSamplesPatientRoomsWaterQualityAirQualityPersonalProtectiveEquipmentHeavyEquipmentGroundWaterTechnicalReportsHazwoper

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Top Environmental Technician Skills

  1. Environmental Compliance
  2. Lab Analysis
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments/All Appropriate Inquiry, Environmental compliance, preparation of reports, Construction activities inspection, documentation and testing
  • Performed infill sediment core processing and assisted with core logging for lab analysis.
  • Assisted with development of health and safety procedures, inspections and training.
  • Managed hazardous, special and non-hazardous wastes for regulatory compliance and proper management.
  • Job duties: -Clean facility floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming them.

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