Profession environmental engineer

Environmental engineers integrate environmental and sustainable measures in the development of projects of various natures. They seek to preserve natural resources and natural sites. They work together with engineers from other fields to envision all the implications that projects might have in order to design ways to conserve natural reserves, prevent pollution, and deploy sanitary measures.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Radiation protection

    The measures and procedures used to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionising radiation.

  • Pollution prevention

    The processes used to prevent pollution: precautions to pollution of the environment, procedures to counter pollution and associated equipment, and possible measures to protect the environment.

  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

  • Environmental policy

    Local, national and international policies dealing with the promotion of environmental sustainability and the development of projects which reduce negative environmental impact and improve the state of the environment.

  • Environmental engineering

    The application of scientific and engineering theories and principles aimed at improving the environment and sustainability, such as the provision of clean habitation necessities (such as air, water, and land) for humans and other organisms, for environmental remediation in the event of pollution, sustainable energy development, and improved waste management and waste reduction methods.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Pollution legislation

    Be familiar with European and National legislation regarding the risk of pollution.

  • Mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products

    The offered mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Public health

    The principles of health and sickness affecting the population, including the means for health promotion and prevention and community and primary care.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Regulations on substances

    The national and international regulations on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, e.g. regulation (EC) No 1272/2008.

Skills

  • Analyse environmental data

    Analyse data that interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.

  • Advise on environmental remediation

    Advise on the development and implementation of actions which aim to remove sources of pollution and contamination from the environment.

  • Conduct environmental surveys

    Conduct surveys in order to collect information for analysis and management of environmental risks within an organisation or in a wider context.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Carry out environmental audits

    Use equipment to measure various environmental parameters in order to identify environmental problems and investigate manners in which they can be resolved. Perform inspections in order to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Address public health issues

    Promote healthy practices and behaviours to ensure that populations stay healthy.

  • Process customer requests based on the REACh Regulation 1907 2006

    Reply to private consumer requests according to REACh Regulation 1907/2006 whereby chemical Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) should be minimal. Advise customers on how to proceed and protect themselves if the presence of SVHC is higher than expected.

  • Abide by regulations on banned materials

    Comply with regulations banning heavy metals in solder, flame retardants in plastics, and phthalate plasticisers in plastics and wiring harness insulations, under EU RoHS/WEEE Directives and China RoHS legislation.

  • Develop environmental remediation strategies

    Develop strategies for the removal of pollution and contaminants from soil, groundwater, surface water, or sediment, taking into account environmental remediation regulations and available technologies.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform project management inspect industrial equipment advise on mining environmental issues ensure material compliance develop hazardous waste management strategies manage air quality assess the life cycle of resources design strategies for nuclear emergencies develop non-hazardous waste management strategies advise on waste management procedures perform laboratory tests advise on pollution prevention project commissioning hazardous waste storage conduct quality control analysis hazardous waste treatment conduct field work consumer protection hazardous waste types wildlife projects investigate contamination inspect compliance with hazardous waste regulations project management collect samples for analysis nuclear energy