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Who are Environmental Engineers?
Why should our new generations focus on Environmental Studies?

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. Further, they...

  • Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation reports

  • Design projects that lead to environmental protection, such as water reclamation facilities or air pollution control systems

  • 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, urban and regional 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.

Entry-level environmental engineering jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Programs include academic, laboratory, and field work. Some college and university programs offer cooperative education in which students gain practical experience while completing their studies. Students also may choose to participate in internships.

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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 to hire candidates who 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.

Engineering programs are accredited by a professional association, such as ABET. A degree from an accredited program is usually necessary for a person to become a licensed professional engineer.

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