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
Environmentalist
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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