What does an Environmental Engineering Technician do?
An environmental engineering technician collects environmental samples for air, ground, or water pollution. Through their testing they strive to contain, mitigate, or clean up pollution.
How to Become an Environmental Engineering Technician
Normally an environmental engineering technician can gain employment holding an associate’s degree in environmental engineering technician or a related field. Community colleges teach courses in mathematics, chemistry, solid and hazardous waste and environmental biology.
Programs are offered in vocational and technical schools as well. Some environmental engineering techs are hired with a bachelor’s degree in a natural science like chemistry or biology. A newly hired environmental engineering technician starts out as a trainee and gains experience to handle more responsibility. Some are then promoted to supervisory positions. Those with bachelor’s degrees often go on to obtain an engineering position.
Job Description of an Environmental Engineering Technician
Environmental engineering technicians have the job of arranging for the disposal of hazardous materials, such as, asbestos and lead. He or she inspects facilities to assure proper compliance with regulations to govern substances are observed. They set up and modify equipment used for cleaning up or preventing environmental pollution and keep the laboratory adequately supplied with material and equipment through ordering from vendors.
These techs record all information gathered from testing results and document all data and photographs. An environmental engineering technician needs the skills of observation, listening, reading and critical thinking. Because they work under engineers as part of a team, they require good communication skills and the ability to interact with superiors and co-workers.