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Environmental Engineering Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Applies theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Service Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Maintains project logbook records or computer program files.
  • Records laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.
  • Performs environmental quality work in field or office settings.
  • Produces environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.
  • Collects and analyzes pollution samples, such as air or ground water.
  • Decontaminates or tests field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.
  • Prepares and packages environmental samples for shipping or testing.
  • Maintains process parameters and evaluates process anomalies.
  • Reviews technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
  • Receives, sets up, tests, or decontaminates equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Environmental Scientist -- Researches, collects and analyzes data from pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring, meteorological and mineralogical information, or soil and water samples.
  • Soil Technician -- Monitors, regulates and researches soil to determine any unsafe or unique characteristics, such as pollution and depletion of minerals to desired minerals.
  • Water Pollution Control Technician -- Monitors and tests water, often in areas near industrial or commercial sites, with the aim of minimizing pollution.
  • Air Analysis Engineering Technician --
  • Environmental Remediation Engineering Technician --
  • Industrial Waste Technician --