Environmental engineer qualifications

As an environmental engineer, you will be working to prevent, control, and mitigate any more damage done to the environment. Using your knowledge in certain backgrounds such chemistry, biology, and mathematics, you will work others to help research, design, and create plans to help this prevention come to fruition. For example, environmental engineers can work with a city to design a municipal water supply and waste treatment system or they can work to help refineries to minimize and reduce the amount of toxic gas emissions they contribute to the environment.Besides knowing the basics of what an environmental engineer does, there are other things you should know that comes with the career.
Working Environment
Majority of the time, environmental engineers will work in an office or laboratory setting. There are times you will work in the field, at on-site locations if you are required to be there. These locations can vary and can range from construction sites to waste treatment facilities. Generally when you are in the location, you can there to assess the situation and to analyze damaging the site is to the environment. From there you would work to devise a plan that would minimize the amount of damage the site is doing to the environment. Sometimes you will have to visit the site even on days when the weather is being temperamental and not in the most convenient of conditions.
Due to the dangers and hazards of the environments you will be working in, you will be required to wear protective clothing. This clothing may be worn in the laboratory as well when you are testing out certain specimens. Most protective gear includes a suit, masks, gloves, and protective eyeglasses. If you are working in a contaminated area, you will be required to go through a decontamination process as well to ensure the safety of others.
Equipment and Tools
As an environmental engineer you have the ability to use different types of equipment. Your equipment will be based on the needs of whatever site you are on. However, when you are on site, you will use equipment to collect water, air, and also earth samples. You will then use certain laboratory equipment to test how deeply contaminated the specimen is.
When working in a laboratory, you will work with such things as microscopes, ultrasound machines, and computers. You will use the computers to document your findings and write your reports. Machines such as ultrasound can help you to further break down the samples you have collected for further analyzing and research. You will also use computers in your office setting to enter data as well.
Career Advancement
Beginner environmental engineers will usually be tasked with simpler projects but as time goes and as experience grows, you can start to have great independence and more advanced assignments. Of course, this all depends on whether or not you display the capability to handle more independence and more complicated assignments. If you do, you can have a flourish career in this field. Generally environmental engineers will advance in their position through experience and time.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/environmental-engineers.htm#tab-4
2. http://www.careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au/occupations/Pages/environmental-engineer.aspx

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