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Environmental Engineering Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Apply 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. Receive, set up, test, and decontaminate equipment.
Maintain project logbook records and computer program files.
Conduct pollution surveys, collecting and analyzing samples such as air and ground water.
Perform environmental quality work in field and office settings.
Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
Perform laboratory work such as logging numerical and visual observations, preparing and packaging samples, recording test results, and performing photo documentation.
Review work plans to schedule activities.
Obtain product information, identify vendors and suppliers, and order materials and equipment to maintain inventory.
Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials.
Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances such as asbestos, lead, and wastewater.
Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies.
Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.
Oversee support staff.
Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills.
Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs and sketches.
Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies.
Work with customers to assess the environmental impact of proposed construction and to develop pollution prevention programs.
Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry and other agencies.
Develop work plans, including writing specifications and establishing material, manpower and facilities needs.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
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.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
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.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
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.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
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.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
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.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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).
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.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ANSYS software Analytical or scientific software
Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker Desktop publishing software
Air dispersion modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
C++ Object or component oriented development software
Continuous emission management software Compliance software
DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE Analytical or scientific software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Ecological risk assessment software Analytical or scientific software
Email software Electronic mail software
Environmental health and safety documentation software Compliance software
Formula translation/translator FORTRAN Development environment software
Fugitive emission leak detection software Industrial control software
GAEA Technologies WinSieve Categorization or classification software
Gas dispersion model software Analytical or scientific software
Gel documentation software Document management 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
Insightful S-PLUS Analytical or scientific software
Internet browser software Internet browser software
Kubotek CADKEY software Computer aided design CAD software
LINDO Systems software Analytical or scientific software
Laboratory information management system LIMS software Analytical or scientific software
Maplesoft Maple Analytical or scientific software
Material safety data sheet MSDS software Compliance software
Mathsoft Mathcad Computer aided design CAD software
Microscopic image capturing software Analytical or scientific software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
National Instruments LabVIEW Development environment software
Neural network modeling software Analytical or scientific software
PerkinElmer Turbochrom Analytical or scientific software
Photogrammetric software Graphics or photo imaging software
Presentation software Presentation 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
Scientific Software Group MIGRATE Analytical or scientific software
Simulation software Analytical or scientific software
Site remediation management software Compliance software
Slam software Graphics or photo imaging software
SofTech CADRA Computer aided design CAD software
Soil mapping software Map creation software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
Stochastic modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Stormwater runoff modeling software Analytical or scientific software
The MathWorks MATLAB Analytical or scientific software
Thermal indoor climate simulation software Analytical or scientific software
Visual MODFLOW Pro Analytical or scientific software
WAM software Analytical or scientific software
Waste management software Compliance software
Water flow modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Wind flow modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Wolfram Research Mathematica Analytical or scientific software
Word processing software Word processing software
XP Software XPSWMM Analytical or scientific software
eNotebook software Data base user interface and query software
13C nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
Aeration pumps Air pumps
Aerobic laboratory scale reactors Reactors or fermenters or digesters
Air monitoring equipment Air samplers or collectors
Air velocity meters Air velocity and temperature monitors
Airborne particulate samplers Air samplers or collectors
Anaerobic laboratory glove bags Isolation glove boxes
Anaerobic laboratory scale reactors Reactors or fermenters or digesters
Analytical balances Analytical balances
Anemometers Anemometers
Argon lasers Lasers
Atomic absorption AA spectrometers Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
Atomic force microscopes Scanning probe microscopes
Autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Autotitration systems Titration equipment
Bailers Laboratory bailers
Balances Laboratory balances
Beakers Laboratory beakers
Benchtop nephelometers Nephelometers
Benchtop refrigerated centrifuges Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
Binocular light compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Biological oxidizers Sample oxidizer
Biosafety cabinets HEPA filtered enclosures
Blenders Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers
California bearing ratio CBR testing devices Penetrometers
Calorimeters Calorimeters
Camera-equipped microscopes Photo attachments for microscopes
Carbon analyzers Organic carbon analyzers
Chemical fume hoods Fume hoods or cupboards
Conductivity meters Conductivity meters
Dataloggers Portable data input terminals
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dessicator chambers Heating or drying equipment or accessories
Dichotomous particulate matter samplers Air samplers or collectors
Differential mobility analyzers Particle size measuring apparatus
Digester apparatus Reactors or fermenters or digesters
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved oxygen meters
Drop volume tensiometers Surface tension measuring instruments
Dynamic contact angle apparatus Surface tension measuring instruments
Electrophoresis equipment Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis
Electrophoresis tanks Electrophoresis system accessories
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers Microplate readers
Epifluorescence microscopes Fluorescent microscopes
Erlenmeyer flasks Laboratory flasks
Fecal coliform constant temperature shaker baths Orbital shaking water baths
Fermenters Standard fermentation units
Filter press simulators Dewatering equipment
Filtering funnels Laboratory funnels
Flame ionization detectors FID Flame ionization analyzers
Flatbed scanners Scanners
Flow injection analyzers Flow injection analysis equipment
Flow meters Flowmeters
Fluorimeters Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
Fraction collectors Electrophoresis system accessories
Freeze dryers Freeze dryers or lyopholizers
Freezers Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers
French presses French pressure cells
Funnels Laboratory funnels
Furnaces Laboratory safety furnaces
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
Gas mass spectroscopes Mass spectrometers
Gel documentation systems Gel documentation systems
Glassware adapters Laboratory adapters or connectors or fittings
Glassware condensers Laboratory heat exchange condensers
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
Graduated cylinders Laboratory graduated cylinders
Groundwater pumps Water samplers
Groundwater sampling equipment Water samplers
Hazardous material protective clothing Hazardous material protective apparel
Heated environmental chambers Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers
Heating mantles Heating mantles or tapes
High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC with ultraviolet/visible UV/Vis absorbance detectors High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography
High-pressure/temperature reactors Reactors or fermenters or digesters
High-speed centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Hot plate stirrers Stirring hotplates
Incubator shakers Shaking incubators
Incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
Interferometeric refractormeters Bench refractometers or polarimeters
Inverted microscopes Inverted microscopes
Ion chromatographs Ion chromatographs
Ion selective electrode ISE meters Ion selective electrode ISE meters
Laboratory centrifugal pumps Laboratory centrifugal pumps
Laboratory ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Laboratory scales Laboratory balances
Laboratory shakers Orbital shakers
Laboratory vacuum pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
Laminar flow hoods Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Laser printers Laser printers
Liquid handling robots Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
Liquid mass spectroscopes Mass spectrometers
Liquid scintillation equipment Liquid scintillation counters
Low pressure liquid chromatographs with fraction collectors Chromatographic detectors
Low pressure reverse osmosis water treatment systems Reverse osmosis equipment
Magnetic stirrers Magnetic stirrers
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
Mechanical convection ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Mercury analysis equipment Chemistry analyzers
Meters Water meters
Microcentrifuges Microcentrifuges
Micropipettes Dropping pipettes
Microscope slides Microscope slides
Microtox toxicity systems Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers
Mixer mills Laboratory mixers
Muffle furnaces Laboratory box furnaces
Multistage agar impactors Air samplers or collectors
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Optical compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Ozone bubble contactors Ozone generator
Ozone concentration percentage meters Ozone analyzers
Ozone generators Ozone generator
Pan balances Laboratory balances
Particle counters Electronic counters
Particle size analyzers Optical diffraction apparatus
Particulate filters Filtering machinery
Peristaltic pumps Peristaltic pumps
Personal computers Personal computers
Phase contrast microscopes Darkfield microscopes
Photometers Photometers
Plasma spectrometers Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers
Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment PCR enclosures
Potentiostats Potentiometers
Proton nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
Reciprocating pumps Reciprocating pumps
Refrigerated centrifuges Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges
Respirators Respirators
Respirometers Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers
Rotavapors Vacuum or rotary evaporators
Scanning microscopes Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes
Scanning probe microscopes SPM Scanning probe microscopes
Scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
Simultaneous static and dynamic light scattering systems Light scattering equipment
Single particle spectroscopes Spectrometers
Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer
Soil expansion testers Soil testing kits
Soil particle size testers Particle size measuring apparatus
Soil permeability testers Permeability testing apparatus
Soil samplers Soil core sampling apparatus
Soil vapor sampling equipment Soil testing kits
Specific ion probes Ion selective electrode
Spectrofluorimeters Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Sterilizer chambers Sterilization cabinets
Streaming current detectors Water analyzers
Supercritical fluid extractors Extracting equipment for laboratories
Surface area analyzers Chemical absorption gas analyzers
Test tubes Multipurpose or general test tubes
Thermal conductivity detectors Thermal conductivity analyzers
Thermocouples Thermocouples
Titrators Titration equipment
Titrimeters Water analyzers
Total internal reflection fluorescence TIRF microscopes Fluorescent microscopes
Total organic carbon TOC analyzers Organic carbon analyzers
Total organic halide analyzers Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
Toxicity analyzers Water analyzers
Tracer gas detectors Leak testing equipment
Tractor mounted drill rigs Land drilling rigs
Transmission electron microscopes TEM Transmission electron microscopes
Turbidimeters Turbidimeters
Two-vortex mixers Vortex mixers
Ultra pure water systems Ultra pure water systems
Ultrafiltration cells Ultrafiltration equipment
Ultrasonic cleaners Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
Ultraviolet UV spectrometers Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters
Universal fractionators Density gradient fractionators
Video microscopes Video attachments for microscopes
Visible spectrometers Spectrometers
Water baths Water baths
Water distillation units Bi distillation units
Water level recorders Open stream water level recorders
Water quality monitors Water analyzers
Water samplers Water samplers
Water sampling pumps Water samplers
Zeta meters Electrophoresis system accessories
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
Related Work Experience None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Analysis Engineering Technician
Air Analysis Technician
Air Analyst
Air Pollution Specialist
Engineer Technician
Environmental Engineer
Environmental Engineering Aide
Environmental Engineering Assistant
Environmental Engineering Technician
Environmental Field Technician
Environmental Remediation Engineering Technician
Environmental Scientist
Environmental Specialist
Environmental Technician
Industrial Waste Inspector
Pollution Control Engineering Technician
Pollution Control Technician
Soil Technician
Water Pollution Control Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Engineering Technicians
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