Profession waste treatment engineer

Waste treatment engineers design processes, facilities and equipment used in the collection, treatment, and distribution of waste. They research environmental standards and policies in order to optimise waste treatment procedures and ensure minimal strain on the environment by analysing and classifying the processed waste.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic


  • Characteristics of waste

    Expertise in the different types, the chemical formulas and other characteristics of solid, liquid and hazardous waste.

  • Technical drawings

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

  • Engineering processes

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

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Energy

    Power capacity in the form of mechanical, electrical, heat, potential, or other energy from chemical or physical resources, which can be used to drive a physical system.

  • 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.

  • Energy market

    The trends and major driving factors in the energy trading market, energy trades methodologies and practice, and the identification of the major stakeholders in the energy sector.

  • Waste and scrap products

    The offered waste and scrap products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.


  • Monitor legislation developments

    Monitor changes in rules, policies and legislation, and identify how they may influence the organisation, existing operations, or a specific case or situation.

  • Adjust engineering designs

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

  • Advise on waste management procedures

    Advise organisations on the implementation of waste regulations and on improvement strategies for waste management and waste minimisation, to increase environmentally sustainable practices and environmental awareness.

  • Perform scientific research

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

  • 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.

  • Maintain waste collection records

    Maintain records on waste collection routes, scheduling, and types and volume of waste collected.

  • Develop hazardous waste management strategies

    Develop strategies which aim to increase the efficiency in which a facility treats, transports, and disposes of hazardous waste materials, such as radioactive waste, chemicals, and electronics.

  • Develop waste management processes

    Develop equipment, methods, and procedures which can be applied in various types of waste treatment and disposal facilities in order to improve efficiency of waste management processes, reduce environmental impact, and ensure the safety of staff operational in waste management.

  • Assess environmental impact

    Monitor environmental impacts and carry out assessments in order to identify and to reduce the organisation's environmental risks while taking costs into account.

  • Develop non-hazardous waste management strategies

    Develop strategies which aim to increase the efficiency in which a facility treats, transports, and disposes of non-hazardous waste materials, such as packaging, textiles, scraps, debris, and paper.

Optional knowledge and skills

radiation protection decontamination techniques promote environmental awareness use testing equipment advise on environmental remediation test samples for pollutants monitor waste treatment equipment report test findings radioactive contamination ensure compliance with radiation protection regulations assess waste type pollution legislation advise on pollution prevention liaise with local authorities ensure compliance with waste legislative regulations analyse experimental laboratory data develop environmental remediation strategies perform risk analysis advise on environmental risk management systems monitor disposal of radioactive substances hazardous waste types document analysis results manage environmental impact of operations pollution prevention instruct employees on radiation protection monitor radiation levels develop radiation protection strategies