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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing. Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, and charts that interpret test results.
Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, and asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels and identify sources of pollution.
Respond to and investigate hazardous conditions or spills, or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
Provide information and technical and program assistance to government representatives, employers and the general public on the issues of public health, environmental protection or workplace safety.
Calibrate microscopes and test instruments.
Make recommendations to control or eliminate unsafe conditions at workplaces or public facilities.
Inspect sanitary conditions at public facilities.
Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis.
Calculate amount of pollutant in samples or compute air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes, using chemical and mathematical formulas.
Initiate procedures to close down or fine establishments violating environmental or health regulations.
Determine amounts and kinds of chemicals to use in destroying harmful organisms and removing impurities from purification systems.
Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
Maintain files such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information and diagrams showing equipment locations.
Perform statistical analysis of environmental data.
Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment.
Distribute permits, closure plans and cleanup plans.
Inspect workplaces to ensure the absence of health and safety hazards such as high noise levels, radiation or potential lighting hazards.
Weigh, analyze, and measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock, to determine concentration of pollutants.
Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.
Develop testing procedures or direct activities of workers in laboratory.
Conduct standardized tests to ensure materials and supplies used throughout power supply systems meet processing and safety specifications.
Develop and implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution and radiation.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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.
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.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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 Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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.
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).
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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.
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.
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.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
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.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
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).
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).
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software Document management software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk Softdesk Computer aided design CAD software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
ESRI ArcInfo Map creation software
ESRI ArcPad Map creation software
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
ESRI software Map creation software
Email software Electronic mail software
FishXing software Analytical or scientific software
Flood modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
HEC RAS Analytical or scientific software
HEC-HMS Analytical or scientific software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Scientific analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
Trimble GPS software Map creation software
Visual OTTHYMO Analytical or scientific software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
35 millimeter cameras Still cameras
Air current test kits Air velocity and temperature monitors
Air monitoring equipment Air samplers or collectors
Air sampling impingers Air samplers or collectors
Air sampling primary flow calibrators Air sampling pumps
Area sampling pumps Air sampling pumps
Autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Binocular light compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Bioaerosol impactors Air samplers or collectors
Bladder water sampling pumps Sampling pumps
CO2 monitors Single gas monitors
Carbon monoxide monitors Single gas monitors
Carpet sampling pump kits Moisture meters
Centrifugal water sampling pumps Sampling pumps
Centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Chloride test kits Water analyzers
Chlorinated hydrocarbon testing equipment Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
Colorimetric field sampling devices Colorimeters
Detector tubes Gas detector tubes
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Digital hand meters Air pollutant samplers
Digitizing tablets Graphics tablets
Dilution systems Laboratory diluters
Electronic pump calibrators Flowmeters
Field data collection computers Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Flame ionization detectors FID Flame ionization analyzers
Flow monitoring equipment Flowmeters
Freon detectors Gas detector tubes
Hach field kits Water analyzers
Halide meters Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
Halogen leak detectors Gas detector tubes
Handheld laser particle counters Air pollutant samplers
Humidity sticks Hygrometers
Hygrometers Hygrometers
Indoor air quality IAQ monitors Air samplers or collectors
Infiltrometers Permeability testing apparatus
Interface probes Logging instruments for water wells
Landfill gas collection systems Multi gas monitors
Landfill gas detection systems Multi gas monitors
Large-format plotters Plotter printers
Laser printers Laser printers
Lead air sampling kits Air samplers or collectors
Lead soil sampling kits Soil testing kits
Lead surface sampling kits Paint tester
Lead water sampling kits Water samplers
Low-flow pumps Sampling pumps
Luxmeters Luxmeters
Micromanometers Manometers
Micropurge sampling equipment Sampling pumps
Microscope slides Microscope slides
Moisture meters Moisture meters
Nephelometers Nephelometers
Noise dosimeters Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Noise logging analyzers Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Noise monitoring instruments Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Ozone generators Ozone generator
Particulate monitors Air pollutant samplers
Particulate samplers Air samplers or collectors
Passive samplers for organic vapors Chemical absorption gas analyzers
Peristaltic pumps Peristaltic pumps
Personal computers Personal computers
Phase contrast microscopes Darkfield microscopes
Photoionization detectors PID Ion analyzers
Pilot tubes Flowmeters
Pocket personal computers PC Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Polarized light microscopes Polarizing microscopes
Pump flowmeters Flowmeters
Purge pumps Sampling pumps
Radon detection devices Radon detectors
Salinity meters Salinity meter
Sequential air samplers Air sampling pumps
Sewer surveillance cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Soil augers Soil core sampling apparatus
Soil vapor extraction units Soil testing kits
Sound level meters Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Velocity meters Anemometers
Velometers Air velocity and temperature monitors
Vibration monitors Vibration testers
Volt-ohm meters VOM Ohmmeters
Water chemistry analysis equipment Water analyzers
Water level recorders Open stream water level recorders
Water sample extraction pumps Sampling pumps
Water sample extraction tubes Water samplers
Water sampling augers Water samplers
Water sampling bailers Laboratory bailers
Water sampling pumps Water samplers
Water well depth meters Logging instruments for water wells
Zero air generators Oxygen generators
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Analyst
Air Pollution Auditor
Air Quality Technician
Air Sampling and Monitoring
Asbestos Abatement Technician
Asbestos Microscopist
Biological/Microbiological Lab Technician
Chemical/Analytical Lab Technician
Compliance Analyst
Compliance Manager
Decontamination Technician
Emergency Response Technician
Emergency Spill Response Technician
Energy and Conservation Technician
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Compliance Technician
Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Laboratory Technician
Environmental Property Assessor
Environmental Safety Specialist
Environmental Sampling Technician
Environmental Science Technician
Environmental Scientist
Environmental Specialist
Environmental Technician
Facility Environmental Technician
Field Sampling Technician
Ground Water Technician
Groundwater Monitoring Technician
Hazardous Material Technician
Hazardous Materials Analyst
Hazardous Substances Scientist
Hazardous Waste Technician
Industrial Ecology Technician
Industrial Pretreatment Program Specialist (IPP Specialist)
Infectious Waste Technician
Instrumentation Chemist
Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Specialist
Laboratory Technician
Lead-Based Paint Technician
Leaking Underground Storage Tank Remover (LUST Remover)
Mobile Lab Technician
Natural Resource Technician
Pollution Control Technician
Process Environmental Technician
Process Laboratory Specialist
Public Health Sanitarian
Public Health Sanitarian Technician
Radon Inspector
Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Remediation Technician
Sample Prep Technician
Sanitarian Specialist
Smog Technician
Smoke Tester
Soil Analyst
Solid Waste Analyst
Solid Waste Landfill Technician
Solid Waste Technician
Source Control Inspector
Surface Water Technician
Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility Technician (TSDF Technician)
Waste Minimization Technician
Waste/Materials Exchange Specialist
Wastewater Analyst
Wastewater Treatment Plant Chemist
Water Analyst
Water Purification Chemist
Water Quality Analyst
Water Quality Specialist
Water Quality Technician
Water Treatment Specialist
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
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