CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Environmental Engineers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology. Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation and recommendation reports.
Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, and other specialists, and experts in law and business to address environmental problems.
Obtain, update, and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures.
Provide technical-level support for environmental remediation and litigation projects, including remediation system design and determination of regulatory applicability.
Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.
Inspect industrial and municipal facilities and programs to evaluate operational effectiveness and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, and performing other general administrative duties.
Develop proposed project objectives and targets, and report to management on progress in attaining them.
Advise corporations and government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
Advise industries and government agencies about environmental policies and standards.
Inform company employees and other interested parties of environmental issues.
Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, and land.
Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, and administration.
Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans and methods for loading and transporting waste.
Coordinate and manage environmental protection programs and projects, assigning and evaluating work.
Serve as liaison with federal, state, and local agencies and officials on issues pertaining to solid and hazardous waste program requirements.
Prepare hazardous waste manifests and land disposal restriction notifications.
Serve on teams conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities, providing assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, and sampling.
Develop and present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.
Maintain, write, and revise quality assurance documentation and procedures.
Develop, implement, and manage plans and programs related to conservation and management of natural resources.
Assess, sort, characterize, and pack known and unknown materials.
Request bids from suppliers or consultants.
Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, and planning or reviewing database development.
Design and supervise the development of systems processes or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ANSYS software Analytical or scientific software
Air dispersion modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley Microstation Computer aided design CAD software
C++ Object or component oriented development software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Continuous emission management software Compliance software
DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE Analytical or scientific software
Ecological risk assessment software Analytical or scientific software
Environmental health and safety documentation software Compliance software
Finite element method FEM software Analytical or scientific software
Formula translation/translator FORTRAN Development environment software
Fugitive emission leak detection software Industrial control software
Gas dispersion model software Analytical or scientific software
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
Greenhouse gas management software Compliance software
HEC RAS Analytical or scientific software
Hazardous materials management software Compliance software
Hydrologic simulation program fortan HSPF software Analytical or scientific software
Image analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Insightful S-PLUS Analytical or scientific software
Kubotek CADKEY software Computer aided design CAD software
LINDO Systems software Analytical or scientific software
Maplesoft Maple Analytical or scientific software
Material safety data sheet MSDS software Compliance software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Oil mapping software Map creation software
Photogrammetric software Graphics or photo imaging software
Python Object or component oriented development software
Regulatory compliance management software Compliance software
RockWare MODFLOW Analytical or scientific software
Rockwell Automation Arena Analytical or scientific software
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
Simulation software Analytical or scientific software
Site remediation management software Analytical or scientific software
Slam software Graphics or photo imaging software
SofTech CADRA Computer aided design CAD software
Stormwater runoff modeling software Analytical or scientific software
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
WAM software Analytical or scientific software
Waste management software Analytical or scientific software
Water flow modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Wind flow modeling software Analytical or scientific software
XP Software XPSWMM Analytical or scientific software
Air incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
Air velocity meters Air velocity and temperature monitors
Ambient air measurement devices Air velocity and temperature monitors
Anaerobic growth chambers Anaerobic chamber
Argon ionization detectors Ionmeters
Atomic absorption AA spectrometers Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Automatic titrators Titration equipment
Balances Laboratory balances
Biological oxidizers Sample oxidizer
California bearing ratio CBR testing devices Penetrometers
Capillary electrophoresis systems Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
Centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Charge-coupled device CCD cameras Photo attachments for microscopes
Chemostats Bacteria transformation kits
Colorimeters Colorimeters
Combustible gas meters Gas detectors
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Consolidometers Permeability testing apparatus
Core drill rigs Core drills
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Direct shear testing devices Shear strength testers
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved oxygen meters
Electric pumps Mud pumps
Electron capture detectors ECD Electrometers
Environmental probe systems Electronic measuring probes
Epifluorescence microscopes Fluorescent microscopes
Flame emission detectors Flame ionization analyzers
Flame ionization detectors FID Flame ionization analyzers
Flow meters Flowmeters
Fluorescence detectors Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers
Fluorescence spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Freeze dryers Freeze dryers or lyopholizers
Fume hoods Fume hoods or cupboards
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
Gas meters Gas gauges
Geoprobes Soil core sampling apparatus
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
Glove box systems Isolation glove boxes
Graphite furnaces Programmable tube furnaces
Headspace autosamplers Autosamplers
Hydrological current meters Open stream current meters
Incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
Individual burner air measurement IBAM probes Electronic measuring probes
Interferometeric refractormeters Bench refractometers or polarimeters
Ion chromatographs Ion chromatographs
Laser photometers Photometers
Limnological core loggers Soil core sampling apparatus
Limnological coring drills Core drills
Liquid chromatography detectors Chromatographic detectors
Liquid ring pumps Vacuum pumps
Liquid scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
Luminometers Photometers
Mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Mercury/hybrid atomizers Atomizers
Microbics toxicity analyzers Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers
Microwave digestion instruments Laboratory microwave ovens
Mud rotary drills Rotary drills
Multi gas detector tubes Gas detector tubes
Multiparameter water quality instruments Water analyzers
Nitrogen oxide burners Air velocity and temperature monitors
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Nutrient analyzers Water analyzers
Organic carbon analyzers Organic carbon analyzers
Ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Ozonators Ozone analyzers
Particle counters Electronic counters
Particulate filters Filtering machinery
Photometers Photometers
Pitot tubes Flowmeters
Plasma-mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Respirometers Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers
Sample concentrators Vacuum or centrifugal concentrators
Sampling pumps Air sampling pumps
Sampling trains Air samplers or collectors
Scanning potentiostats Potentiometers
Seismographs Seismic recorders or seismographs
Shakers Orbital shakers
Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices Conductivity meters
Soil modulus failure testing devices Dissolution or disintegration testers
Soil-erodability testing devices Dissolution or disintegration testers
Solid shear failure testing devices Shear strength testers
Sorbent tubes Gas detector tubes
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Stem augers Augers
Stormwater samplers Water samplers
Supercritical fluid extractors Extracting equipment for laboratories
Surface area analyzers Chemical absorption gas analyzers
Thermal conductivity detectors Thermal conductivity analyzers
Thermal/catalytic oxidizers TCO Sample oxidizer
Thermocouples Thermocouples
Total organic carbon TOC analyzers Organic carbon analyzers
Trace metal analyzers Mass spectrometers
Ultraviolet UV light detectors Chromatographic detectors
Ultraviolet water purification systems Ultra violet water purification units
Universal fractionators Density gradient fractionators
Water level recorders Open stream water level recorders
Wave gauges Open stream water level recorders
Whole air canisters Sample holders
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Pollution Control Engineer
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Designer
Environmental Engineer
Environmental Planner
Environmental Remediation Engineer
Environmental Remediation Specialist
Environmental Safety Specialist
Environmental Systems Coordinator
Flood Control Engineer
Hazardous Substances Engineer
Hazardous Waste Management Control Engineer
Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
Industrial Hygiene Engineer
Irrigation Engineer
Marine Engineer CPVEC (Marine Engineer Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance)
Pollution Control Engineer
Public Health Engineer
Radiation Protection Engineer
Regulatory Environmental Compliance Manager
Reservoir Engineer
Sanitary Engineer
Sanitation Engineer
Sewage Disposal Engineer
Soil Engineer
Solid Waste Engineer
Solid Waste Management Engineer
Waste Management Engineer
Wastewater Treatment Engineer
Water Supply Engineer
Water Treatment Plant Engineer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineers
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